The story that is Phonehackgate never really went away, and just to underline that, the Guardian has reported that former Screws royal editor Clive Goodman has received a “generous” payoff from News International subsequent to his sacking. Goodman had been intending to take the Murdoch empire to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal: it was clear that he would win his case.
All this has come to light after the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee received written evidence from new NI head Rebekah Brooks. Ms Brooks will still be appearing in person before the committee, date not yet set. As with the appearance before them of the Guardian’s Nick Davies (the man who brought us the excellent Flat Earth News), there will be no point in turning up on spec to get a seat: you wouldn’t even get through the door.
Not bad for something that so many on the political right have been trying to shout down as a “non story”. The proximity to the case of Young Dave’s communications chief Andy Coulson is of course entirely coincidental.