Coulson's payoff - the questions that still need to be answered

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  • Except of course we all know that he did lie to MPs and the severance package was precisely to buy his silence.

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  • The real issue here is that fact that he was not properly vetted. The only one that could waive the vetting process was the Prime Minister - undoubtedly against Civil Service advice. Such vetting includes interviews with yourself, ex colleagues, neighbours, familly etc. Also, your financial status is very carefully examined, all bank details are looked at. This is to avoid blackmail etc. Proper vetting would have reavealed a good deal of bad news for the PM - was the lack of vetting a form of collusion?

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  • There is a very interesting take on all this from a lawyer here http://www.deferolaw.com/profiles/blogs/compromise-agreements-confidentiality-clauses-and-andy-coulson - talking about the purpose and requirements of a Compromise Agreement. Apparently the truth might lie in his P45.

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