It is no surprise that after 34 years of loyal service to News International, Trevor Kavanagh is trying to persuade people to think the police, goaded by “witchunters”, are behaving heavy handedly.
In listening to his pleading, let us not forget that at the High Court last week, his employers, News Group Newspapers, were forced to admit that executives and staff had lied to the police, misled the public and destroyed evidence.
Then last week the Metropolitan police admitted to the court that it had not done enough to get to the bottom of the hacking scandal at Wapping.
So the notion that the police might politely ring up to make an appointment to see a Sun journalist for a civilised chat is far-fetched.
It takes some nerve for News International, in the form of Kavanagh, to be accusing the police of wasting time and resources. It is News International’s behaviour that is to blame for police having to devote immense time and resources to establish the facts.
By deliberately lying to the police and trashing evidence they have made the job far more complex and expensive than it should have been.
If further justification is needed, in the Dowler case, Surrey police revealed they had been bullied and deceived by News International.
The police are no doubt conscious of the remarks from the former Chair of the Press Complaints Commission Baroness Buscombe who said:
“There’s only so much we can do when people are lying to us. We know now that I was not being given the truth by the News of the World.”
I am sure the public will be able to judge for themselves Kavanagh’s motives in making this attack.