Murdoch roped into phone tapping scandal

The political  fall-out from the News of the World phone hacking row continues to cause a few headaches for British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Despite the man at the centre of the row, Andy Coulson as Downing Street’s director of communications, links between Cameron and Media Mongol Rupert “Digger” Murdoch are starting to look a little embarrassing.

Cameron stripped Liberal Democrat business secretary, Vince Cable, of responsibility for the crucial decision on whether News Corp should be allowed to buy the 61 per cent of BSkyB

The Independent claims that surprising move came after James Murdoch, son of Digger and chairman of News Corporation in Europe and Asia, was a guest at a private dinner with Cameron.

Din dins was held at the home of Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, in Churchill, Oxfordshire, and Cameron and his wife, Samantha, were there.

It might have been something said over the nibbles on a stick but soon after the controversial decision on the takeover was handed to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy “C” Hunt.

The decision was apparently due to Cable’s secretly taped conversation with undercover reporters that he had ”declared war” on Rupert Murdoch.

However Coulson’s resignation has reminded the world that he was also linked to Murdoch and made many wonder if the police handling of the original investigation was a cover-up.

The Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, has slammed the police for dismissing his calls for a full inquiry. A parliamentary inquiry into the row begins to gather evidence this week, but the deputy Labour leader, Harriet Harman, has demanded a fresh inquiry.