What we see now in the UK is a huge bare-knuckle fistfight in the family, i.e. the establishment that is running the country.
First the banks went bust in 2008, had to be rescued and became the wipping boy of the public: public enemy number one. So to counteract this, the expenses scandal sprung up out of nowhere. These things - that the politicians were on the take - have been know for years. But conveniently for the banks the scandal erupted and moved the role of the whipping boy onto the politicians. It seemed to work but the politicians had just enough of it and, conveniently for the politicians, the hacking scandal erupted. (The practice of hacking by the media had been very well known for years: from the primitive sifting through the rubbish of celebrities to most technologically advanced spying technologies). The resulting public inquiry into the practices of the media hit the entire media. So these guys had just enough of it. Hence now, when the Leveson Inquiry is getting into its final lap, conveniently for the media folk, new scandals around the banks have erupted this week. We turned the full circle.
Clearly it is a mafia-style bare-knuckle fistfight in the family. There is a war within the British establishment. It is interesting to watch where it will all end. Thus far we have to sponsor this pathetic and extremely expensive spectacle with our taxes.