Gem of an excerpt from the Parliamentary sub-committee on Home Affairs hearing on the News of the World scandal (via NY Times):
"When Mr. Hayman [Scotland Yard officer who oversaw the main phone hacking investigation from 2005] went on to acknowledge that he had private dinners with journalists from The News of the World at a time when the paper was under a criminal investigation that he oversaw, and defended that by saying that to 'have turned it down would have been potentially more suspicious than to have it,' peals of laug'ter erupted in the hearing room. When Mr. Hayman, startled, protested — 'I don’t know why you’re laughing” — another committee member retorted, 'Because it’s so incredible.'”
Ah, how our politicians can really rise to the occasion when their collective reputations are at stake.