Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson, “Do his phone” not an instruction to hack a phone – Martin Hickman

davidhencke:

So Coulson’s jibe “Do his phone” is an instruction to check whether his mate Rav Singh was leaking News of the World stories to other papers.

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:

Andy_CoulsonDay 93, Part 2:  Andy Coulson’s instruction “Do his phone” was not an instruction to hack a phone, he told the Old Bailey today.

The former tabloid editor said that instead he was requesting a check of a reporter’s phone data to see if he was leaking the News of the World’s stories to rivals.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson listened to hacked Blunkett messages – Martin Hickman

davidhencke:

So Andy Coulson did listen to hacked messages about David Blunkett but didn’t as editor know that phone hacking was illegal. And he now says he was shocked – senior minister having an affair with a married woman. Not something that Coulson would do himself, of course!

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:

Andy CoulsonDay 92, Part 1:  Andy Coulson listened to tapes of hacked phone messages from a Cabinet minister to his lover, believed they were gross intrusions into their privacy, but decided to publish a story based on them anyway, because he felt it was in the public interest and he did not know that phone hacking was illegal, he told a jury today.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson, “I am not a bully”, trial hears – Martin Hickman

davidhencke:

Andy Coulson rejects claims that he was a bully at the News of the World-instead he was appreciative of journalists’s talent and gave staff bonuses.

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:

CoulsonDay 91, Part 2:   Andy Coulson today denied a “bullying culture” took root at the News of the World under his editorship.

Giving evidence for a second day at the phone hacking trial, the editor-turned-Downing Street communications director said: “I am not a bully”.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Coulson, no knowledge that NOTW detective accessed Milly Dowler’s voicemail – Martin Hickman

davidhencke:

So Andy Coulson acting editor of the News of the World had NO knowledge that Glenn Mulcaire had hacked Milly Dowler’s voicemail. No comment!

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:

Andy CoulsonDay 91, Part 1: Andy Coulson had no knowledge that the News of the World’s private detective had accessed Milly Dowler’s voicemail, he told the phone hacking trial today.

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Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson had “vague memory” of Glenn Mulcaire’s company, trial hears – Martin Hickman

davidhencke:

Coulson says he didn’t know about Mulcaire until he was arrested and never took much of an interest in private investigators! The love cheat admits he caused pain to his wife with his “on off” affair with Rebekah Brooks!

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:

Coulson and MulcaireDay 90, Part 2:   Andy Coulson had a vague memory of Glenn Mulcaire’s company being mentioned at the News of the World, but thought it was something to do with “finding people” or “surveillance,” he told the phone hacking trial today.

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Time for the NHS to come clean on its tax avoiding bosses

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An amazing piece of evidence revealing that they were up to 2,400 off pay roll people in the NHS was slipped into an inquiry by the House of Lords by the Department of Health last week.

The findings published today in a report by Exaro News reveals that as many NHS staff as Whitehall staff were avoiding paying tax and national insurance at source – bringing the total in government to nearly 5000 in 2012.

Now no doubt some people on short-term contracts can justify this but what is becoming increasingly clear from the evidence submitted by the Department of Health ( see page 91 onwards) that many do not.

The worst offenders appear to be high earners at the top of NHS Foundation Trusts – where over a third -51 out of 147 – had someone at the top avoiding paying tax and national insurance at source. Someone was even off pay roll and claiming a full pension from the taxpayer as well!

 Monitor,the regulatory authority for NHS Foundation Trusts, is currently conducting an inquiry into exactly who is benefiting – and as a result numbers are shrinking.

 But we don’t know yet whether Monitor is going to name and shame the trusts and the people taking advantage of this tax loophole. Well if the organisation  has got any teeth it should be like the National Audit Office  and publish a full and detailed report. Avoiding tax while working for the cash strapped NHS is particularly nasty and greedy and should be stamped out. Let’s see if Monitor is going to do its job.

Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson, News Of The World had culture of “secrecy” and “intrigue” – Martin Hickman

davidhencke:

Andy Coulson begins his defence by telling how reporters jealously guarded their contacts amid clashes over egos and rivalry across the newsroom

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:

media_andy_coulson_2Day 90, Part 1:    The News of the World had a culture of “secrecy” and “intrigue” where reporters closely guarded their contacts, Andy Coulson told the phone hacking trial today.

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