David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson is being prosecuted for phone hacking. So is his good friend Rebekah Brooks.
They are facing trial for conspiring to hack people’s phones, including that of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Phone hacking went much wider than this though. It was about power. So when the Murdoch empire wanted to attack striking firefighters, for example, it hacked the phone of then FBU general secretary Andy Gilchrist.
At least one person ended up wrongly convicted for murder in part because of phone hacking. And at least one other murder was covered up because of its connections to the scandal.
An unholy alliance between the police, the media and the political establishment lies at the centre of the swamp. It is a world where journalists hand over wads of cash to police officers in return for information.
In the shadows lurk the people who do the dirty work for the establishment. Top cops knew about it. So did senior politicians in all major political parties.
Rupert Murdoch’s huge media empire is in crisis because of it. But so are the Tories and the cops. The smug establishment at the top of our society likes to think that it can get away with anything. Often it can. But the hacking scandal could yet bring the Tories down.