Sanctimonious MPs who seek to tar all journalists with the News of the World brush would do well to remember the British public have long memories.
The phone hacking scandal is gathering speed and there is every likelihood that the few media bad apples will have to answer for their crimes.
But their numbers will be slight compared to the small army of politicians – many still sitting in the House of Commons – who cheated on their expenses.
Sir Thomas Legg’s investigation sparked by the Daily Telegraph's exposé saw £1.46 million of taxpayers’ money repaid by almost half of all MPs.
The 2010 General Election witnessed a record number of 149 MPs stand down – many who feared being de-selected or else being booted out by their angry constituents.
I predict that more former politicians will do time because of their fiddled expenses than phone-hacking, police-bribing hacks – and that includes the one who has already been banged up.
On the subject of holier-than-thou figures in public life, they don’t come much smugger than Alastair Campbell, No. 10’s director of communications under Tony Blair’s premiership.
He’s popping up all over the BBC dumping on those sections of the Press that have “no moral boundaries.” Campbell’s enjoying so many plugs for his re-hashed diaries it would be a travesty to pay him appearance fees.
Perhaps the Corporation is still punchy from the days when Campbell was becoming the inspiration for Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It. Or maybe there’s nobody left on the Left who can speak up for Ed Miliband now that Lord Prescott has completed his transformation into Les Dawson.
I hope Campbell makes himself as available when the Iraq Inquiry report is published later this year. It will be interesting to see what Sir John Chilcot makes of the September 2002 dossier where Campbell’s insistence on its impartiality has been challenged by Major-General Michael Laurie who contends its intent was “precisely to make a case for war.”