David Cameron is appearing at the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics today, facing tough grilling over his choice of disgraced former Murdoch editor Andy Coulson as his press secretary.
However, highlight of the British Prime Minister’s testimony so far has been YET ANOTHER incredibly embarrassing text exchange with Murdoch’s right hand woman, Rebekah Brooks.
Brooks sent the text on October 7, 2009, just days before a key speech and just days after her paper, The Sun, had switched its allegiance to the Conservatives. The text message read:
‘”‘m so rooting for you tomorrow not just as a proud friend but because professionally we are in this together. Speech of your life? Yes he Cam!”
When asked about the text, Cameron answered that the text message referred not only to their friendship, but also to the fact that The Sun was now supporting the Torys. The day after the text was sent, the dubious “Yes he Cam!” message appeared as a headline in a column in the newspaper.
Of course, the “we are in this together” isn’t going to please anyone who believes that Rupert Murdoch exerts far too much influence on British politics.
Messages between Cameron and Brooks have been something of a sore spot. When last year’s phone hacking scandal got bad, Cameron wasn’t allowed to contact his dear friend, and reportedly sent a message through a friend “Sorry I couldn’t have been as loyal to you as you have been to me.”
“Brooks to Cameron” is now trending on Twitter UK (not catchy “-gate” nickname has been designated yet, it seems).
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