It's been an exhilarating week.
One of those moments where people come together to fight a common enemy, where it feels like for once, things might actually change. One by one, politicians, journalists, activists and celebrities got bold as they saw a chance to finally oppose the power that is Murdoch. They realised there would never be a better chance.
But don't worry, it would appear normal service has resumed. Today, politicians are happily blaming the "other lot" for not acting sooner, journos are using the scandal to smear whichever politician/paper they dislike the most, activists are using it to give their tribe a boost and I would imagine, Murdoch is sighing a big sigh of relief today.
However, a quick word of warning to those who might be tempted to think this didn't really mean much. As the extraordinarily out of touch John Rentoul implies in the Inde or Simon Jenkins on Sky News who tried to remind us that "no-one had died"
Well, I dispute that. The News of the World - but also The Daily Mail, The Express and the Sun have been peddling their nasty garbage for years. Emboldened as time went on by an almost total lack of regulation and meek, pocket-politicians they have lied and cheated and created division and fear at every opportunity.
If you're a celebrity or politician who's personal life was ripped apart, you will surely be doing everything in your power to keep this story alive? If you're sick or disabled and have endured endless lies about "scroungers" or "cheats" you will be praying that this changes things. If you're a single Mum or someone with skin that isn't white or someone who is gay, there's a fairly good chance today that you're fighting Murdoch in any way you can think of. If you're an innocent man accused of paedophilia who's life was ripped apart by the right wing press I imagine you might be desperate to see change here.
The parents of Milly Dowler, our dead servicemen, the Soham girls and all the others must be hoping very much that press power and corruption is finally addressed once and for all.
There's a saying isn't there? "Be careful who you **** on on the way up...." Could anyone in the history of paybacks have **** on more people or more vulnerable groups than these nasty rags? Will there be many people with the appetite to help out Coulson or Wade or Murdoch? Not out of the goodness of their hearts I imagine.
The News of the World is just a symbol today - possibly even a scapegoat. The Mail and all the others, crushed people's lives just as horrifically, never stopping to care about the fallout they might have caused.
Let's forget the bickering eh? Let's keep the spirit of the last week that led to the closure of the most widely read newspaper in the UK. Let's keep our eye on the ball, forget stupid factionalism, forget tribes and scoring points and just make sure that our newspapers are never given free reign to destroy lives again. Let's turn our heat on the other papers and make it very clear to our politicians and our journalists that we expect them to sort this out. We don't care what "the other lot" did, we just want to change things once and for all.