“Three corrupt public figures walk into a bar.” It sounds like a joke, but in fact this is the start of an interview held recently between SBT and a London bartender, as he confessed to an act reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk’s Cult urban terrorist novel Fight Club.
The bartender, referred to here as Simon, came forward with his story once guaranteed anonymity, and detailed to us the events surrounding a lavish Christmas party hosted by scandal ridden Tory donor David Ross in December 2013.
“There were loads of politicians and celebrities there, it was an opulent affair. And then out of nowhere, Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and Jeremy Hunt were stood in front of me and asked for three peach bellinis.”
“I remember how angry I got in that moment. How brazen it was for the three of them to be bantering together at the bar like that, entirely unconcerned that for most normal people, those three are manifestations of everything that is wrong with how this country is run. All of them on Murdoch’s payroll in one way or another, all of them above the law, all of them scratching each others backs and getting away with it.”
Astute readers will recall that Rebekah Brooks was chief executive officer of News International from 2009 to 2011, having previously served as the youngest editor of a British national newspaper at News of the World from 2000 to 2003, and the first female editor of The Sun from 2003 to 2009. Brooks was somehow acquitted of criminal charges in relation to the News of the World phone hacking scandal in 2014 upon a defence of incompetence. Two weeks ago she returned to the fold as Rupert Murdoch’s UK commander in chief.
Andy Coulson was editor of the News of the World after Brooks. Coulson was charged with a myriad of offenses relating to phone hacking and perjury, and following his successful stint as editor at now defunct rag News of the World, became David Cameron’s communications director. After his conviction he served five months of an eighteen month sentence.
“They must have thought they were in a safe location, because any journalist that saw the three of them together laughing and joking like that would have had a field day. I’ve never done it before or since, but I just felt like it was the only time any of them would ever see any justice dealt out. I was so angry. Before I knew it, I was hocking into three champagne flutes and then they were sipping them at the bar in front of me.”
SBT would never publicly condone the contaminating of a customers drink with bodily fluids under any circumstances. An act which technically constitutes assault. SBT put it to Simon that the act, which would be considered a terrorist attack by some, was the wrong thing to do.
“I’m not sure I would do it again. But people who think they are, and actually are above the law need to realize that justice can come in many forms and from any direction.”
Is vigilante bartending a new form of bar service? That remains to be seen. We asked Simon what he did next?
“I felt better.” He said