A number of commenters are suggesting that the News of the World story is a distraction that has been, or will be, appropriated by the politicians to divert our gaze from something more unpalatable.
One rather important event that seems to have gone largely unremarked in the wake of the NOTW closure is this which appeared in the Independent yesterday.
It is the political response to the events I outlined in my Change of PACE post. It is truly amazing just how quickly Parliament can act when it chooses to do so. Three readings during the course of an afternoon and, in the words of the article, the legislation “will have a similarly rapid passage through the Lords next week before becoming law.” When did any legislation for our benefit ever get acted on with such haste?
The legislation will modify The Police and Criminal Evidence Act  but we have little idea about what the modification actually involves. Given the timescales, there seems scant prospect of MPs having given due consideration to the implications of the modification or its effects on the balance between the needs of justice and the essential freedoms of the innocent.
We do not spend years developing a sophisticated aircraft only to fit it with some hastily cobbled avionics at the last minute: our justice system should be treated with just as much care. God knows, Labour did enough damage introducing ill-considered legislation.
As the Lords Constitution Select Committee has warned:
“We are concerned that, in the understandable rush to rectify a problem which the police have identified as being serious and urgent, insufficient time has been allowed for Parliament fully to consider the constitutional implications of what it is being asked to do.”
“We are concerned that asking Parliament to legislate in these highly unusual circumstances raises difficult issues of constitutional principle as regards both the separation of powers and the rule of law.”
And if that isn’t worrying enough, bear in mind that the legislation is supported by Yvette Cooper, one half of the infamous comedy duo, Balls and Cooper.