Beauty, Commons Select Committee, Democracy, Hair, Haircut, Humor, John Whittingdale MP, News, News International, Opinion, Phone Hacking, Phone Hacking Scandal, Politics, Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch, Tom Watson MP
Committee Chairman, John Whittingdale MP: Allow me to welcome you to this afternoon’s final sitting of the Commons Culture, Media, and Sport committee. I would like to thank you for agreeing to appear before this committee. Before beginning, we of course acknowledge that there is presently a police investigation into your conduct, and that we must not ask any questions which might prejudice future criminal proceedings.
Rebekah Brooks: I would just like to add that I wish to cooperate fully with this committee, but I have representation accompanying me in case there are any questions which might indeed compromise the ongoing investigation.
Whittingdale: Thank you. That is fully understood. Now let us have our first question… Tom?
Tom Watson, MP: Mrs Brooks, your hair is absolutely extraordinary. It is honestly the most glorious head of hair that I have ever seen. The colour is stunning, and the curls are exquisite.
Brooks: I would like to answer that question, but I’m afraid that I had no knowledge of my hair until the February of 2011, when I think I saw a picture of it in the Guardian. Beyond that, I’m afraid that I can’t help you.
Whittingdale: Is it not unbelievable that somebody connected so closely with your hair would have no knowledge of it?
Watson: I could gaze into it for hours. It’s like cascades of pure fire. It has such power, and such dazzling frothiness. Can I touch it?
Brooks: I’m afraid that I don’t understand your question.
Watson: I just want to run my fingertips through it. Very lightly. I’m not going to damage it.
Brooks: I’m afraid that I really cannot comment…
Watson: I just want to smell it. The perfume – it must be luscious…
Whittingdale: Frankly, I find it unbelievable that such a dreary, po-faced woman as yourself could edit such a lively and extravagant paper as the Sun. Is it not the case that this paper is, in fact, edited by your hair?
Brooks’ Hair: Gorblimey! You couldn’t make it up! Top editor slammed by sensational committee! Look at the tits on that!
Whittingdale: Thank you. I think that we have concluded our evidence for today…