Perhaps you are wondering why there is little attention to the story that Piers Morgan has lied about his involvement in Voicemail Hacking?
Perhaps you are wondering why you should be interested in the story.
Perhaps this article from 2008 will give an idea of the sort of influence that Mr Morgan once had on the UK Government. Here are a selection of some of the more cringing moments:
The article starts out with
Genius, tax thief, visionary, bottler… pundits describe Gordon Brown as any and all of these things. But Piers Morgan has dined, drunk, debated and gossiped with him for more than a decade … and in this article written for GQ he reveals what the Prime Minister is truly like.
I have spent more than a decade dining with Gordon Brown, arguing, joking, drinking and gossiping with him, and even discussing the finer points of microeconomics with him (very micro in my case).
So I would say I am in a better position than most to tell you what he is really like.
Some character trait facts first: he’s not a big drinker, has never taken drugs, doesn’t swear much but likes his footie.
He’s polite, even beguiling, to women, jokey with blokes, loyal to friends and family, and he can be surprisingly kind and sensitive.
He is much more charming off camera than on, and funnier too. I’ve not met many people who tell anecdotes like Gordon.
On the other hand, I’ve witnessed him be fiery, dogmatic, impatient, bored and ruthless to political enemies. Just ask the quivering carcasses of those who crossed him, such as Alan Milburn, Charles Clarke or David Blunkett.
I remember sitting in Blair’s office after he came to power and him telling me: “Gordon’s incredibly important to this government. He has enormous political and intellectual depth. He really is one of the cleverest people in politics in a very long time.
On Gordon and Budgets
One of the trickier exercises for me as an editor was Budget day, mainly because I knew Gordon would call me after finishing his speech to ask what I thought of his announcements.
And that was, for an intellectual numbskull, a bit like Albert Einstein phoning to ask what I thought of his theory of relativity. “Piers, it’s Gordon, what did you think?” he would say.
“Well, Gordon,” I would stammer. “I thought your initiative on the escalator tax was most prudent.”
He’d grunt his appreciation and embark on an absurdly detailed analysis of his own budget and how it would directly help my readers.
By the end of our conversation, I’d say something pathetic like: “That all sounds brilliant, Gordon, congratulations”
And I would then limply return to my computer screen and prepare a front-page headline saying something deeply critical, such as: “BROWN’S A GENIUS!”
Fortunately, the Financial Times usually came to a similar conclusion. So did most of Gordon’s Cabinet colleagues, thus affording him more power than any Chancellor in recent times.
On Dinner Parties
I think I get invited along to his dinner parties as some sort of court jester, to wind up other guests and generally be as provocative as I can.
I suppose the point of this story, other than shamelessly boasting that I have the ability to affect the mood of one of the country’s most powerful men, is that Gordon is not a robot. He’s human.
On being at Ross Kemp’s 40th Birthday bash ( I wonder if his Ross’s wife was there?)
When I was sacked from the Daily Mirror, I never heard a word from him. When I bumped into him a few months later at the actor Ross Kemp’s 40th birthday party, he looked embarrassed.
“Ah, Piers, how are you? I tried calling you but you must have changed your number.”
I was in no hurry to dampen his awkwardness. “No, no, it’s the same one as always, Gordon. In fact, your wife got through on it OK.”
On the election that never was
Gordon made a brilliant start as Prime Minister but was severely knocked by the will-he-won’t-he Election farce. I urged him to go for it, but caution got the better of him. The debacle gave David Cameron a huge boost.
So here we have a man who was, allegedly, aware of all the hacking with a big influence on Gordon Brown. No surprise Gordon got us into such a woeful economic mess with friends and advisors like that.