Putting the bully into Bullingdon

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotten the reference amongst the Labour Luvvies in the list below to a certain ‘Andy Coulson, Sun journalist’. Whatever happened to him?

Well, here are the highlights:

  • His career in newspapers came to an untimely end when he was forced to resign the editorship of the News of the World in 2007 after being embroiled in a phone-tapping the Royals scandal, which saw the paper’s Royal Correspondent jailed.
  • He faced a grilling from MPs on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee earlier this year after allegations in the Guardian that News International had paid out more than £1m in damages to Gordon Taylor of the Football Association amongst others, in a bid to keep the illegal activity of its journalists secret.
  • And now a tribunal has awarded a former News of the World sports reporter £792,736 in damages – believed to be the highest award of its kind in the media – after Coulson was found to have led a workplace bullying campaign against him.

And where is he now? Working as David Cameron’s Head of Communications.

This was David Cameron speaking earlier this month in support of Stonewall’s anti-homophobic bullying campaign:

“November’s Anti-Bullying Week gives us the opportunity to highlight the prevalence of homophobic bullying in our schools and the impact it has on young people’s lives. More needs to be done to tackle bullying in all its forms…”

And here’s an oldish piece from the Telegraph which, although massively inaccurate in its verdict on the relative strength of the two party leaders, has more than a ring of truth about it in its analysis of Cameron’s character. It’s obvious to all of us who have a ring-side seat at Prime Minister’s Questions, or sees him stalking through the Commons corridors. It was also more than apparent in the Sun’s recent hounding of Gordon over his letter to Jacqui Janes and his admittedly appalling hand-writing (and I wonder who put them up to that?)

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