The way Rupert Murdoch sabotaged Robert Jay’s interrogation attempts during his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry was simple yet highly effective.
Almost every time the QC posed a question, Murdoch would allow up to 10 seconds of ‘thinking time’ to elapse.
He would then provide a vague answer, which obliged Jay to seek further clarification.
But as soon as he had uttered a word or two, Murdoch would immediately interrupt which meant the flow and context of the discussion was lost.
On more than one occasion Jay dropped a promising line of inquiry altogether and it had to be retrieved by Leveson himself.
It led to a halting, ragged couple of days – which was just how Murdoch wanted it.