Not suspicious. Sean Hoare was known to be a drug user. But there is a back story…
As a showbusiness reporter, he had lived what he was happy to call a privileged life. But the reality had ruined his physical health: “I was paid to go out and take drugs with rock stars – get drunk with them, take pills with them, take cocaine with them. It was so competitive. You are going to go beyond the call of duty. You are going to do things that no sane man would do. You’re in a machine.”
While it was happening, he loved it. He came from a working-class background of solid Arsenal supporters, always voted Labour, defined himself specifically as a “clause IV” socialist who still believed in public ownership of the means of production. But, working as a reporter, he suddenly found himself up to his elbows in drugs and delirium.
Reporter and whistleblower in life, now he is the story. What next?
Already major political players are being put to shame by their reciprocal relationships with their yellow press. John Yates is the second high- ranking officer in Scotland Yard to resign over the scandal. Read it here. It’s so intertwined that you need graphics to track the connections between the Murdoch media corps, the British police and the British government.