David Cameron became Tory leader in 2006, and hired Andy Coulson as a personal, Party-paid adviser during 2007. Whatever he says today, the PM hired him on George Osborne’s advice as a means of easy access to Rupert Murdoch. In 2007, Newscorp was still officially supporting the Blair Government – although its picky patriarch was having doubts. By 2009 (when the Murdochs were very wobbly about Brown – and blagging his medical records) Cameron and Rebekah Brooks were already close – he and his wife Samantha attended her second marriage to Charlie Brooks in June of that year. During this mini-epoch, Murdoch switched sides from Labour to Conservative. He listened to, and accepted, Rebekah’s counsel on the matter.
By June 2010, Coulson had followed David Cameron into Downing Street.
Enough people to fill Wembley stadium told the Prime Minister that Coulson was dodgy. He ignored them all in his relentless determination to keep Murdoch onside. The Old Boy, it seemed, was unhappy with Dave’s new Coalition partners: they weren’t on-message enough. And who was this bloke Clegg?....read more from John Ward at the SLOG