There is so much at stake for so many players in the phone hacking saga, it will make MPs' expenses look like kindergarten stuff:
> Murdoch knows this could doom his Sky plans & more - and just watch the old bugger move ! This is a man who will use every lever (just look the way Pesto was got onside). No holds barred.
> exclusive to all other papers: they were doing it too - and, hey!, there's gaol awaiting! Gaol! Even bankers don't go to gaol.
> the BBC sees a potentially favourable new front opening up in its long-running battle for survival (though there are dark hints that one or two of their own household names might be wondering about prison mattresses)
> the Met is clearly in Big Trouble - & who knows what they will do to wriggle off the hook ? That's one big gorilla, if it lashes out
> Cameron having painfully lanced his own boil, look who Miliband has just appointed as spin-doctor ...
> Max Clifford is on the case
Alastair Campbell, who sees paid BBC interviews on the subject stretching from here to Xmas, is just one of several players who have every reason to pursue this one like the DTel on Expenses, or the Grauniad on Wikileaks. He and others will have all manner of scores to settle.
Seriously ugly, I should say.