This is the moment that Rebekah Brooks dropped News International into the mire over paying police

Which might turn out to be an even bigger scandal than hacking into people’s phones including dead servicemen’s, we read today in the Daily Telegraph.

This is Rebekah Wade, as she then was, telling arch-enemy Labour MP Chris Bryant that the News of the World paid policemen for information. Her successor as NoW editor, Andy Coulson, rapidly leaps in to ‘clarify’ matters, saying the paper always acted within the law (paying police officers isn’t).

And Coulson, until recently coalition PM David Cameron’s director of communications, might find himself going to jail for paying police under his watch (despite his panic-stricken protestations) as his former employers have helpfully handed over information saying he did so.

But if he did, presumably Rebekah did too?

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.