Most people by now must know my thoughts on the phone hacking scandal. But I also detect a sense of ethical ambiguity in the actions of the corporations who are “suspending” advertising from the News of the World. Many of them for as much as a whole week. I suppose it must make good PR to distance yourself from a brand that has developed an infectious disease, although the diagnosis has been far from sudden.

Listening to Tesco and Asda and Coca Cola et al “monitoring our options” I can’t quite help but sense a moral bandwagon being leapt upon. So much so that I was reminded of this excellent sketch by comedian Stewart Lee on the values of the Carphone Warehouse, which he performed in the wake of the wake of the Jade Goody racism row.