Alex Massie Alex Massie

Conveniently, Rebekah Brooks has been arrested…

Rebekah Brooks has been arrested on grounds of conspiring to intercept communications and, more generally, corrupting public life and so on. Since this story is no place for the naive, an appropriate measure of cynicism demands one ask why Brooks has been arrested today? At the very least this development is likely to make a mockery of her appearance before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Tuesday.

One imagines Brooks’ lawyers will suggest she come armed with one answer to any and all questions: “I’m sorry but these are matters currently being investigated by the police and I would not want to jeopardise or otherwise prejudice those enquiries. Accordingly I am afraid that I cannot answer your question.”

Not, of course that I or anyone else would dare suggest, nor even hint, that there’s something suspiciously rum about arresting Brooks in the tiny window between her resignation and appearance before a parliamentary committee. Still, it does seem – at this stage etc – modestly useful for Mrs Brooks and, gosh, for the Metropolitan police as well.

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