The Metropolitan Police this evening said that there was no evidence to suggest that there had been widespread phone hacking by the News of the World and that there was no new evidence to warrant a further investigation
What is unfortunate for the Met is that, after the G20 demonstrations and the death of Ian Tomlinson, the misinformation put out following the shooting of John Charles de Menezes, and the MPs expenses scandal, there is suspicion amongst the general public and cynicism amongst journalists.
The person who must be on the back foot over this is David Cameron. He was too quick to vindicate Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, now his Communications Director.
Whatever the truth, and I suspect the practice was far more widespread than will ever be established, the public will think that this is yet another cover-up and Cameron will look shifty all the time that he defends Coulson.