There’s one doing the rounds on Twitter that recalls David Brent gathering his staff for the good news and bad news. ” The bad news is a lot of you are going to be redundant. The good news is I still have a great job”. Flash forward a decade, swap Gervais for Brooks, shift to the NOTW newsroom and you’ve got the gist of what went on yesterday.
Anyone reasonably bright who has followed the UK media for any length of time will have grown a little radar that just knows when the tipping point has been reached and there’s no way back for someone in the press’s sights. This little radar has been bleeping solidly for at least three days. There will be no other outcome than Brooks being toast. It isn’t ‘if’, it is ‘when’.
And yet again, we see this strange paradox where one of the very people trumpeted as the most media savvy in the land seems to be lacking this basic radar and hangs on too long. Think Mandelson, Campbell and Coulson by way of examples. Now add Brooks.
I can only think that in all these cases they are so drunk on fancying themselves as Masters-of-the-Universe they believe they are somehow immune to the dark powers they made their living unleashing. Like the lion-master at the circus who gets cocky with his own beast before a gory end.
Spare me this ‘she has offered her resignation and we refused’ nonsense. Her delay has already dragged a whole staff of blameless people down with her. If she cares about News International she should know that it is in their best remaining interests for her to walk regardless of anything James Murdoch should say.
Even if her drivers are entirely boxed around her own self-interest another lesson obvious to the rest of us mortals is that the quicker you jump the quicker the way back. The best example on her career path that there can be a life, of sorts, after this would be Piers Morgan.
Hang on, Piers Morgan? …. no wonder she isn’t shifting.