Some in News International are unapologetic about how Coulson is being treated. They say that if Coulson had not gone into Downing Street then the whole phone hacking saga would not have got a second wind and there wouldn’t be all this trouble. Indeed, they allege that Coulson had assured a senior figure at News International that he would not go into Downing Street if the Tories won the election.
Politically, this attempt to shift the spotlight to Coulson has one obvious consequence. The more Coulson is the story, the more difficult it is for David Cameron.