Did Murdoch’s man illegally phone tap the PM?

At base, Gordon Brown is the architect of his own latest misfortune. At least that’s the only way his PR team can/should handle the latest attack on the British PM. How can a PM who sent soldiers to war in Afghanistan win a PR war with the grieving mother (who is behaving in her grief as any political enemy might) of a son killed that he sent into battle? That the guy was trying to quietly communicate with the families of the bereaved in a way that was more personal hardly matters. The game matters more. And at the moment, The Sun’s only game is to bowl Gordon out no matter what, or how. And since it has sat on the fence for some considerable while it has a lot of lost time to make up for. Hence what looks like another illegal phone tapping [another fragrant breach of civil liberties? – ed] of the PM’s conversation (unless Brown was daft enough to say yes to an open request – of the kind the law demands). Ben Brogan notes, it is too strong even for some Tory MPs… Though he also gently chides them: be careful of the friends you choose

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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