"We can't even make a consistent prognosis of her fate, including... whether she is alive or dead."
UPDATE JANUARY 2010 THE MCCANNS COULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD KIDNAPPING AND TRAFFICKING (Pt Prosecutor giving evidence in an ongoing case in Portugal where the McCanns are demanding ONE MILLION POUNDS IN DAMAGES FROM THE OFFICER WHO INVESTIGATED THEM!!!
15 Jul 2011
NO SYMPATHY AS REBEKAH BOWS TO THE INEVITABLE AND RESIGNS
Rebekah Brooks resignation: the reaction
The resignation of Rebekah Brooks from her position as CEO of News International has prompted a wave of reaction. Here are some of the more notable ones:
Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch attend the Cheltenham Racing Festival last year Photo: GETTY
A spokesman for David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said it was "the right decision".
Chris Blackhurst, editor of the Independent, said:
Every day I've come to work and thought "No more hacking. We won't have it on the front page" but I've been proved wrong.
"It's clear that the Murdoch organisation have attempted to put a lid on it: they closed a paper, that didn't stop it; they got rid of a chief executive, that didn't stop it; now it's the committee and that's going to be enormous.
"None of us know what's in those files. We don't know how big it is. Or how bad it is."
Lord Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, said:
Just heard Rebekah Brooks' has resigned. Thank God! It's another step closer to getting a more responsible press in this country."
David Yelland, the former editor of the Sun who was replaced by Rebekah Brooks, said on Twitter:
I wish Rebekah no ill."
To which Toby Harnden, the US editor of the Daily Telegraph,wryly observed:
Praise so faint it has no pulse."
Mark Lewis, the lawyer to Milly Dowler's family, said:
Every dog has its day and I suppose Rebekah Brooks is that dog.
"It's a bit King Canute-like that things are still being denied and opposed [by News International]. They should try telling the truth."
Peter Preston, the former editor of the Guardian, said:
Can the biggest news organisation in Britain and one of the biggest in the rest of the world now get a grip of the news that it is making and how to control it? If it can’t - and by golly it isn’t - then you are scratching your head about the future."
Tom Watson MP, who has been vociferous in his criticism of the alleged hacking, said:
We're only about half-way through this. We're going to be with it for weeks and months to come."
John Whittingdale MP, the chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said:
I think this is the right decision. I think many people expected it to come rather sooner, but I think her position was extremely difficult.
"I think the most shocking revelation of all, perhaps, was the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone, which took place when she was the editor of the paper and there has obviously been a stream of revelations since then.
"This was inevitable and it is the right thing."
Chris Bryant MP, who has been a leading critic over the phone hacking scandal, said:
I think it is right that she goes. I think she should have gone a very long time ago. “Frankly, she should have gone when she said she had paid police officers for information back in 2003.”
Martin Moore, the founder of Hacked Off, a campaign group which backed a public inquiry into phone intercepts, said:
Hopefully we’ll now find out from her and her colleagues what actually happened.
"Every day brings a new twist to the story. It’s not going to slow down for a while yet but I’m glad that she’s apologised.”
Rebekah Brooks to News International staff:
I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know to have taken place.
"I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate.
"This is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past.
"Therefore I have given Rupert and James Murdoch my resignation.”
James Murdoch on the appointment of Tom Mockridge to replace Brooks:
Tom is an outstanding executive with unrivalled experience across our journalism and television businesses.
"He has proven himself to be a very effective operator in his time at Sky Italia.
"Under his leadership, Sky has grown to become one of the world's most successful pay TV businesses, reaching close to 5 million homes and launching channels like TG24 which has set a new standard for independent journalism in Italy.
"I believe that Tom is the best person to move the company forward to a brighter future.”
David Mellor, the former heritage secretary, on Mr Mockridge:
He's a nice chap actually. I had dinner with him in Rome. He's a friend of a friend."