Sunday, 13 May 2012

For the Love of Brooks

Is it fashionable to love Rebekah Brooks? I asked myself this morning, circa 3am. It's the kind of question that comes to me between breastfeeding the baby and eating half a packet of crackers over a copy of last October's Tesco magazine.
A lot has been said about her since her appearance "on the Leveson" as it is now known in our house. The ultimate networker? Charm that would stab you in the back soon as cook you a lemon drizzle cake? A mysterious horse-loving red-haired queen of red top who sold her granny to conquer, errrm, Fleet Street?
Well, all I know is, after the now legendary "Cameron LOL revelations," I'm enjoying the smirking fun she's having embarrassing the top brass.
She's been pretty deep in the do-doherself over the hacking stuff, but ultimately, as a civilian, she has not much to lose. Certainly not her reputation. She was editor of the News of the World and The Sun, for Page Three's sake.
She and the Murdochs were the ones originally being picked to pieces at Leveson, but they have artfully turned the focus onto the Government and its wrongdoings. "So we hacked a few phones? Well, that's nothing to what we can tell you about some of the cabinet ministers penchant for inappropriate text speak".
Jeremy Hunt, once a dashing culture minister with all his own hair, has been reduced to a lambada-dancing figure of fun by the Fred Michel/Adam Smith email revelations. For a while, we were forced to watch footage of him setting off for a run in his shorts on the news most evenings. I'm reassured that this Peter Pan like politician keeps in shape, but I'm not sure we need to admire the white stucco of his residence or the white stucco of his shapely legs every day. He is nothing more than an artifact of amusement now. Cameron holds him close to his public school breast - they were at Oxford together, after all.
It goes to show, you can't really win over the press even when its key shakers are being dragged over the coals by Robert Jay QC on national television.
So, what is the answer to my original question? Is it ok to love Ms Rebekah?
I don't care. I can't get enough of her.

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