Trust won’t be restored until every last rotten log is lifted

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Now the initial blast of heat from Hackgate has died down, those involved have come up with what they think is a neat way of dampening down the remaining embers.

‘It’s of little consequence to most people,’ they insist. ‘It’s the sort of thing which only interests those who work within the Westminster bubble.’

This won’t wash, I’m afraid. This scandal (as the Sara Payne outrage goes to prove) is about the callous and corrupt relationship between some sections of the Press, Parliament and police.

And it seeps into every corner of the British way of life.

Trust will not be restored in the major institutions of state and society until every last rotten log has been lifted and destroyed.