Rebekah Brooks has confirmed she is not stepping down as chief executive of News International.Does a competent newspaper editor have no idea of what her reporters are up to? Does she not ask about the source of the stories that appear in her newspaper? Is it "inconceivable" that she knew what was going on?
In a statement to News International staff she said: "I am sickened that these events are alleged to have happened. Not just because I was Editor of the News of the World at the time, but if the accusations are true, the devastating effect on Milly Dowlers family is unforgivable."
"If the allegations are proved to be true then I can promise the strongest possible action will be taken as this company will not tolerate such disgraceful behaviour.
"I hope that you all realise it is inconceivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned these appalling allegations."
And, anyway, where does the buck stop?