News of the World Scandal: Scotland Yard gets into the vortex of the Murdoch affair: Within a few hours from the police chief gave Stephenson and his deputy, Yates left their posts. The legendary Police Authority is sliding into a severe crisis.
It was an agonizing finish in installments: Last week, still had the leadership at Scotland Yard against the tide of calls for his resignation akimbo. He sees no reason why he for the mistakes of the newspaper “News of the World” should be punished, was the deputy police chief John Yates of London before the Interior Committee of the House said. That would be “unfair”.
Then, quite suddenly, broke the resistance of collapse: Only on Sunday night announced Scotland Yard boss Paul Stephenson in his resignation, not even 24 hours later, on Monday afternoon, the Deputy Yates, who had previously been so stable. He came to a suspension before. “My conscience is clear,” said Yates. He had always behave honestly, but he could not do his work when am now speculating for months about his person.
It is an unprecedented achievement in the famous authority. Scotland Yard has to defend itself, to have maintained such close relations with the “News of the World,” that the allegations against the newspaper until late years pursued against the charge.
With these two resignations, there is the London police robbed at a stroke by two of her most famous faces. The 52-year-old Yates, was one of five deputies, London’s top anti-terrorist fighters. “Millions of Londoners,” he owed her safety, said Mayor Boris Johnson. The resignations were unfortunate, but true.
The British public now awaits banned, what sleight of wiretapping scandal by Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper publisher News International is probably next. A government spokesman, two top managers of the Murdoch empire and now have two top police officers without a job – this is the interim result of the scandal that shook the British establishment.