5 Live Drive had a poll yesterday on “Who do you trust?”, particularly with Hackgate in mind.
Emerging, blinking, from two weeks of saturation “Breaking News”, answering that question is a good way to take stock of where we are.
Who do I trust?
Vince Cable is the first person who springs to mind. He (inadvertently publicly) “declared war on Mr Murdoch”. He was then forced to be “hors de combat”. He said “I think we are going to win” and we did. Murdoch is in retreat. Well done, Vince.
Tom Watson is the second person I trust as a result of this episode. He’s a model of how a politician should behave. Patient, calm, studious, insistent.
The Guardian. OK, I could justifiably be called a “Guardianista”. But my faith in the Guardian has gone from hard concrete to immovable bedrock.
The BBC. I have always hated the Tory anti-BBC bias. I was delighted to hear Cameron acknowledge yesterday that his party had been too hard on the BBC. It is a national institution we should cherish dearly.
Who don’t I trust?
David Cameron. I was always equivocal about him. But his decision about Andy Coulson will mean I never really trust him.
News International, of course. But then, I never bought News International papers. Two weeks ago I flirted with The Times iPad app. It is technically exceptional. But, as I tried the trial version, I realized something. The Times has no soul. I abandoned it and then found out, anyway, that the Guardian are weeks away from launching an iPad app. So I’ll wait for that.
The jury is out on…
Rebekah Brooks. Most of the Tuesday spotlight was on the Murdochs and the phantom flan thrower. But after them, Rebekah Brooks was (partially) redeemingly boring.