Saturday, 12 May 2012
Rebekah Brooks at the Leveson Inquiry
Rebekah Brooks’ appearance at the Leveson Inquiry was remarkable in the sense that the overall impression she gave was of mockery. Whereas this attitude towards the, theoretically, most powerful in the land was troubling from Rupert Murdoch – an aged multi-billionaire who, nevertheless, had been at the heart of the nation’s political life for decades – but, far more striking from a Warrington lass, in her early forties and from humble beginnings.
Of course her capacity to mock came from the power she had exercised on behalf of Murdoch senior and her continued confidence [for some one who has been arrested and is being investigated, on two counts - on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice] implies that she believes her mentor, with the aid of some of the finest legal minds in the land, will be able to protect her from any undue discomfort.
Whether it is because she is a woman, or because of her once powerful position or because the existing political structures invites anyone [with the desire to pull the strings of our national government] to achieve this remarkable position – is open for debate. However, there is little doubt that she did, and probably still does, hold signficamt power over the affairs of the nation. This power rests purely on her knowledge of the actions and acts of the holders of the highest offices of state in the nation.
It seemed that, responding to a question concerning the indirect messages of commiseration she had received after losing her job, it was with particular delight that she listed these as from No. 10, No. 11, the Home and Foreign Office. The offices, rather than the holders of the offices, as might have been expected if her relations with the individuals were primarily social, rather than more connected to the power these individuals wield – as she tried to imply.
In the previous article the concern was that Rupert Murdoch, a foreign national living in New York, appeared to have exercised a great deal of power over the decisions taken by this and the Blair and Brown administrations – because of the information he held on its leading members. However, this seems to have been passed to Mrs Brooks – Rupert Murdoch’s comment that she “knows how to work my family” seemed to attest to this.
The fact that it is now Mrs Brooks, who appears to hold this power, in no way reduces the need to strengthen our system of representative democracy, so that it is the people who are the final arbitrators in the actions of the government.