'Oh, so that's who Richard Morris is..." Lord Hattersley on The Daily Politics

'An influential activist' - The Guardian

'Iain Dale, without the self loathing' - Matthew Fox in The New Statesman

You are a tinker...' - Tim Farron

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Sharon Shoesmith, Rebekah Brooks: both wanted the power, neither willing to take the responsibility.

Full marks to @Topoftheprops and Charlie Brooker for tweeting the above.

As I've blogged before - if you want the top job, the power (and the money), you have to be willing to take the responsibility.

Not the blame. The responsibility. The two things are different.

If Rebekah Brooks knew the alleged phone hacking was going on, that's different - she'd have to take the blame.

But accepting her statement at face value, that she didn't know what was going on, then she doesn't need to take the blame. (Although everyone should also read David Allen Green's withering line by line analysis of her words). But she still is responsible - and her actions need to reflect the onus of her responsibility, and she should resign.

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