Step 1 Resign, Step 2 Apologise, Step 3 Get Arrested

John Yates ( Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images via Guardian)

The News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal shows no sign of letting up. For brevity, I shall post the recent developments in point form

  • On Friday July 15, Rebekah Brooks, offered her resignation as Chief Executive of News International
  • Later on Friday July 15, Les Hinton, one of Rupert Murdoch’s longest serving adviser and Chief Executive of the Dow group which owns the Wall Street Journal, also resigned
  • On Sunday, July 17, Rebekah Brooks, was arrested by appointment at Police Station in London
  • On Sunday, July 17, The Chief of London Metropolitan Police,Paul Stephenson resigned
  • On Monday July 18, The Assistant Commissioner and the man in charge of the initial Police investigation into the scandal in 2009, John Yates offered his resignation.
  • On Monday, July 18, The scandal’s original whistle-blower, Sean Haore was found dead. His death, however, is NOT being treated as suspicious as of yet.

Here is the Resignation speech by John Yates. Suffice is to say that not many will fall for his ‘ooooh people are starting to talk and thats soo mean and I cant do my job anymore’ shtick. It is widely known that he was due to be suspended over his bungling of this scandal.

All eyes now turn to the protagonists in this entire drama. Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and possibly Rebekah Brooks are all scheduled to appear before the Select Committee on Tuesday (tomorrow). With MPs baying for blood, it is sure to be an interesting afternoon’s proceedings.

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