Just when you thought nothing was going on, up pops new allegations of phone hacking. This time from Sir Paul McCartney's ex Heather Mills, who alleges Daily Mirror were listening in. Also, News International and Rupert Murdoch are now getting the sideways glance from Scottish press as First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has been revealed as a more-than-chummy friendship between him and Rupert Murdoch. The horror continues.
August 5, 2011

Heather Mills - Sir Paul isn't amused either.

The latest revelations in the ever-growing Phone Hacking scandal may have less to do with Rupert Murdoch than the Standard Operating Procedure so much used by the Murdoch Empire. This time it's via The Daily Mirror, whose editor at the time was CNN's Piers Morgan and who later became Editor at News Of the World and now Scotland Yard would like to have a word or two with him. As was disclosed by Heather Mills, the former Mrs. Macca on an episode of BBC2's Newsnight this past Wednesday, she was approached by a writer for the Daily Mirror and asked for a statement about a recent spat she had with then-boyfriend Paul. When the journalist gave her a verbatim rundown of a phone call the two had, Heather promptly blew a gasket and threatened legal action if the gist of the conversation was ever made public. When informed of this two days ago, Sir Paul expressed shock, horror and a bee-line visit to Scotland Yard when he finishes his latest tour.

There have been numerous phone hacking allegations associated with Morgan, who of course denies them all. But since he did disclose in a recent book a somewhat cavalier attitude towards the practice, it certainly prompts many questions and begs many answers.

Piers Morgan - former Editor of The Daily Mirror. "Scotland Yard's jus' dyin' to meet ya".

And then there's the disclosure of letters written between Rupert Murdoch and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, taking on a friendlier-than-usual air between Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Salmond right up to June of this year. Maybe nothing, but a curious batch of coincidences surrounding a sudden shift in support from News Of The World of Mister Salmond in a recent election and the presence of News International printing plants springing up in Scotland shortly after. Fancy that.

Alex Salmond. Allegedly in that fine tradition of one hand washing the other.

And next week? Anybody's guess.

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