Goog to see that Tory leader David Cameron is totally convinced that his new spin-doctor, ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson, was totally blameless in the royal phone-tapping scandal which engulfed the paper.
Sounding like heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reading a carefully prepared response, Cameron insisted: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am satisfied that Andy Coulson was not aware that a journalist at the News of the World was engaged in this practice.Ã¢â‚¬
Critics remain unpersuaded that Coulson had absolutely no knowledge of the reasons behind a hefty payment, in excess of Ã‚£100,000, to Glenn Mulcaire, who was convicted along with the paperÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s former royal editor Clive Goodman.
And unfortunately, CameronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s view is not shared by all at Tory HQ. One senior official told Axegrinder: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Just look at the way the Dail Mail covered CoulsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment. It was far from positive. I fear there could be trouble ahead.Ã¢â‚¬
Coulson hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even started work yet, but has already been struggling to build bridges with Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace who hit the ceiling after the Tory leader made public details of a private meeting between the pair.