Kavanagh: Rather nastier than he looks
Those prosecutions, he claimed, were a Labour hit-job: as Ivor Gaber Tweeted, “says Operation Elveden was political vendetta as result of Sun withdrawing support from Gordon Brown”. Kavanagh would know all about vendettas: he has been carrying on a number of them, on behalf of Godfather Murdoch, for many years. And what he was not telling Starmer, or the audience, was that this was a pre-planned hit.
It got worse - and more desperate: “In comments immediately seen as a desperate move to save his career, Labour MP Sir Keir Starmer QC said there should be a new ‘public interest’ defence as the current rules in place were not strong enough”. Or, as the Sun is not going to tell readers, the kind of provisions laid out in the Leveson report. And the DPP has to work with the law as it is, so there is no “U-turn” involved.
from Private Eye, Issue 1396, Page 10
That fact, as Private Eye magazine pointed out in some detail recently, was that Operation Elveden would never have happened, had the Murdoch empire not shopped its own hacks to the Police. Moreover, while the Sun’s boot boys repeat their “no prosecutions” mantra, that only applies to their fellow hacks. Many of their sources were betrayed, went to jail, and lost their jobs. Yet we are now expected to believe it was all someone else’s fault.