'twas written in The Scotsman and it came to pass. The paper's editor-in-chief, John McLellan, must be feeling pleased with himself that he chose today to shift his Editor's Notebook from Mondays to Fridays.
This morning, his usual, trenchant comments about the media included the following: “Since the demise of the News of the World, he arrival of The Sun on Sunday has been keenly awaited, with the clever money on a launch this April.”
And then what happens? News of the World and The Sun publisher, Rupert Murdoch, announces, barely two hours ago, that there will be, indeed, a Sun on Sunday.
Writes McLellan: “Senior News International staff have fought hard to prevent the News of the World scandal spreading to its sister titles, yet the crisis shows no sign of abating. Now, as Rupert Murdoch flies in to deal with the worsening situation there are claims The Sun was paying some public officials annual retainers of £10,000.
“News International journalists are now in virtually open rebellion against the company’s own investigation unit, while former Scottish Sun editor David Dinsmore finds himself thrust into the front line as interim managing editor, which puts him in control of payments to external sources.
“With the inducement 'We pay cash for stories' until recently in the paper, this is no easy task.
“Since the demise of the News of the World, the arrival of The Sun on Sunday has been keenly awaited, with the clever money going on a launch this April. Presumably a decision on whether to press ahead is top of Murdoch’s agenda – the Sunday Mirror, which has picked up 60 per cent of the old NotW readers still buying a paper, will be hoping he pulls the plug.”