One-Liner Week 23rd January 2011

Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s Communications Director resigns due to the continued publicity surrounding the phone hacking story, and the News of the World. This has the making of becoming very “toxic” and time will tell how widespread, and high-up the people are that are implicated. This could be a modern day “Watergate” style scandal?

Vincent Tabak, a 32 year old Dutch man is charged with the murder of Joanna Yeates – the much publicised murder in Bristol from December 2010. Still not entirely clear why the media have latched on to this to the exclusion of other tragic cases.

A number of worthy celebrities, including the ubiquitous Annie Lennox, make a stance against the governments plan to sell off a small proportion of the nation’s forests. Much scaremongering and economy with sensible facts is associated with this story.

British Comedy Awards take place at the O2 arena in London, hosted by Jonathan Ross. Eminent awards go to Russell Brand, Roy Clarke, and Miranda Hart. Alice Eve attends to present one of the awards – excellent photo here.

Brian Cowen, the Prime Minister of Ireland steps down as the leader of Fianna Fail party, but remains  as PM. The Green Party consider whether to pull out of the coalition to force an election. Seems like an untenable position for Mr Cowen.

Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier returned to Haiti only to face justice for his various crimes of theft, misappropriation of funds, torture and other crimes against humanity during his 1971-1986 rule.

The people of Portsmouth say a final farewell to the aircraft carrier, Ark Royal, which is axed from the UK fleet.
Amanda Knox appeal continues over the murder of Meredith Kercher – independent forensic experts are reviewing new, controversial evidence. Interpretation of DNA evidence is at the heart of this action.

Tony Blair returns to the Iraq enquiry to clear up some inconsistencies. He took the opportunity to express “regret” – this was subjected to heckling and cries of “It’s too late”. He also tried to explain why he appeared to ignore the advice of his top legal adviser, Lord Goldsmith.

Gabrielle Giffords, the US Congresswoman who was shot in the head by a gunman, continues to make good progress in her recovery. She is flown to Houston for the remainder of her recovery.

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