It isn't very nice to laugh at someone else's misfortune, but sometimes it's an awful lot of fun.
One of the most striking things about the Rebekah Brooks saga over the past few days is how she opted to appear in front of world press and TV crews with a soap scrubbed face
Brooks' arrest affords her strong protection in law. CMS Committee Clerks are now studying Parliament's Sub Judice Rules and advising the Committee - similarly, it seems certain that Lawyers for Mrs. Brooks will be consulting the law-books also and advising her on which questions, if any, she would have to answer if she attends.
Now those chickens have come home to roost...there's a time of reckoning. Ms. Brooks never expected the seeds of her brand of journalism would breed several out of control.
At the end of this saga, many journalists will be left standing, still with lovely jobs at glossy magazines, international news channels or at least, a regional political programme. But what sort of journalists will be left?
While some were terribly in awe of Brooks and Coulson, a lot of us recognised even then that they had sold their souls to Murdoch. Now, they are paying the price.
Most people thought that Rebekah Brooks would have gone a lot earlier than she did. But knowing when to leave is not easy.
Truly, this relationship has damaged our governance. It has infected every Party and made it ever more difficult to make complex but essential arguments on behalf of those unable to defend themselves against the mob. The tabloid press, its campaigns, its lack of ethics, its use of emotive rhetoric to advance its causes and its influence on government has changed our democracy for the worse. It is the responsibility of all political Parties, not just the government of the day, to turn their back on cheap tabloid headlines and act, for once, in the public interest.
Last week I was researching film locations for a series of films I'm doing about a France, which most Britons won't recognize, most French too. Housing projects encircle Paris. Maybe 'encircle' is too mild. Maybe 'lay siege' to Paris is appropriate.
We don't know how far phone hacking went beyond the News of the World. Evidence from the Information Commissioner's inquiry - What Price Privacy? - found that illegal methods of intrusion went beyond News International. Who else was involved in illegal methods of information gathering?
A week ago it emerged that the News Of The World had been hacking into the voicemails of dead children. We donned out grubby macs and cheap trilbies and set out to expose the evil doers. We planted porn in Andy Coulson's bin, handed out bungs at the police bravery awards and tried to doorstep Rupert Murdoch. The result is a very silly short film NEWS OF THE SCREWED for Don't Panic TV.
Events of the past week don't mean Ed Miliband is suddenly a sure thing to win the next election. But they have given him an authority he previously lacked. It is he, not David Cameron, who looks like a leader today.
Rebekah Brooks has been profiled as the consummate networker and schmoozer - but what of her leadership to set the agenda, strategy and way of working and her own management style that would have set clear expectations throughout the organisation?
It's fair to say that the strength of Ed Miliband's attack on News International during last Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions caught most political spectators by surprise. Amidst headlines of scandal and skulduggery, the Labour leader took a calculated risk to challenge the most powerful man in media. Could Miliband's surprising show of principles mark the beginning of a power shift - and a possible turnaround in his fortunes?
The public don't feel merciful, and nor should they. The cynical banishment of moral truth has long undermined not just our journalistic canon, but social dialogue, justice and democracy.
After 168 years in the business, the terminal edition of the News of the World is weighed down by more than the gravity of the present situation. It is steeped in history, humour, hurt, hubris and boundless self-congratulation.