Rebekah and Charlie Brooks arrested

Former News International chief executive arrested by police investigating phone hacking.

Sky News is reporting that Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie were among the six people arrested this morning by officers from Operation Weeting on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The pair were arrested at their home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire and are being interviewed at separate police stations.

To avoid any confusion, it's worth pointing out that Rebekah Brooks was previously arrested in July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption. These are new allegations.

As for Charlie's arrest, it will undoubtedly come as a blow to David Cameron - the pair have been friends since their Eton days. At the infamous Brussels press conference, where he admitted that he did ride the police horse loaned to Rebekah, Cameron commented: "I've been friends with Charlie Brooks for over 30 years and he's a good friend and a neighbour of my constituency."

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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