Many pundits have opened mouth and inserted boot since Nick Davies first blew the whistle on the extent of hacking under the editorship of Andy Coulson. Tim Montgomerie told that “It is a desperate attempt by Labour to get revenge for the ousting of Damian McBride ... Rupert Murdoch has been an overwhelming force for good in this country’s life and politics”. He was later duly rewarded.
Iain Dale, quite apart from asserting that “Coulson’s accusers can go to hell”, contributed this magnificent slice of hokum: “David Cameron is reported to be ‘relaxed’ about it. That may be because, like any responsible employer, he did his due diligence on Andy Coulson before he was appointed” [my emphasis]. Iain hasn’t mentioned that recently. So I will.
But the World’s Worst Coulson Pundit Award has to go to an unhinged rant by one commentator who must be wishing I had not screen-shotted his blog before he deleted it. This prize specimen told “Barring a total and utter shitstorm on Tuesday when Coulson will have to face the music of a select committee, and by God Tom Watson will try, he is relatively safe”. For some value of “relatively”, then.
The rant went on “There have been no new revelations on what was already an old story, and for something he has lost his job over once. You would think however, from reading Jackie Ashley’s Monday morning column that the Coulson story had got a hell of a lot more attention than the page six coverage most papers gave it over the weekend”. Can you guess who it is yet?
And then it all became yet rantier: “The left have been desperately been trying to paint this minor embarrassment from a few years back to the serious moral failings and disgusting publicly funded behaviour of McBride, but come on. They are really scraping the barrel now. Is that really the best you could do Jackie? A little smear by association?” Someone is seriously off course here.
But on it ploughs: “Never [have I] read such clearly poorly sourced, desperate, venomous pap. The story is dead. Get over it. Move on. Do your job properly instead of attempting to be a partisan sniper. [I] cannot wait until Coulson is running the media show in less than a year and these morons are cast out onto the waste heap where they belong”. Who on earth would give this idiot the time of day?
Well, everyone who has given the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, that’s who – because Cole, in his previous incarnation as Tory Bear, was the buffoon who authored that spectacularly wrong take on Coulson, who has today been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for his part in the phone hacking conspiracy.
Master Cole is therefore the runaway winner of the Worst Coulson Punditry Award.