Ex-Thames Valley Police officer, Mark Kearney, who faces charges over leaking stories to a newspaper, said he had never felt the bugging was "justified". Shadow home secretary David Davis said it was an "extraordinary allegation". And it has emerged that officials in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice were told in December of the incident. But BBC political editor Nick Robinson said ministers in charge had not been aware until the Sunday Times reports emerged this weekend.
So it seems that the Ministry of Justice is as unfit for purpose as the Home Office. It simply beggars belief that a senior civil servant (surely this would have gone at least to Assistant Secretary level, if not higher) did not tell a Minister.
I suspect Sir Ian Blair will now come under fire again.
UPDATE: Ben Brogan tells Shahid Malik to mind his own business.