In the world of 2014, appearances really are everything. At the Old Bailey Hackgate trial, Rebekah Brooks showed herself to be a mistress of the This is Who I Really Am role-play in which every successful defendant must indulge in order to make the right impression.
Brooks went out of her way to be Ms Approachable with the courtroom staff and the jury. She always turned up for proceedings with coffee in an unbranded plastic cup. She wore no make-up. She emitted an air of ordinary feminine vulnerability at all times. And as I have blogged previously, somehow she wound up facing only those charges she knew could not stick due to a lack of evidence. Continue reading