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David Cameron is in the sewer because of his News International friends - Telegraph Blogs

The Prime Minister cannot claim in defence that he was naively drawn in to this lethal circle. He was warned - many times. Shortly before the last election he was explicitly told about the company he was keeping. Alan Rusbridger - editor of The Guardian newspaper, which has performed such a wonderful service to public decency by bringing to light the shattering depravity of Mr Murdoch's newspaper empire - went to meet one of Mr Cameron's closest advisers shortly before the last election. He briefed this adviser very carefully about Mr Coulson, telling him many troubling pieces of information that could not then be put into the public domain.

Mr Rusbridger then went to see Nick Clegg, now the deputy prime minister. So Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg - the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister - knew all about Mr Coulson before last May's coalition negotiations. And yet they both paid no attention and went on to make him the Downing Street director of communications, an indiscretion that beggars belief.

Jason Lower (jasonlower) on Twitter

@arusbridger Are Oborne's assertions that you briefed Clegg and Cameron on Coulson prior to the coalition talks true?

alan rusbridger (arusbridger) on Twitter

@jasonlower Clegg directly; Cameron via an intermediary

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2011 at 06:12:45 PM EST

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