Is Jeremy Hunt’s being a bit of a c….t?

The Minister for Murdoch ass kissing Jeremy Hunt (course they reckon he should be called something else on the Today programme!) had his true job description exposed. Of all things, this came from the Murdoch’s themselves, obviously keen to deflect some of the flak for this whole crisis onto the Tory’s.

There have been numerous corrupt links between Murdoch and many politicians going back decades. But its obvious that the links between the Cameron adm. and the Murdoch’s was close. He, Hunt and Osborne regularly attended Chipping Norton knee’s up’s with the Murdoch’s or “sideshow” Brooks. Indeed, Cameron even got a ride out of her (on her ex-police horse!). Hunt himself may well have hammered out the deal that won the Tory’s the support of the Murdoch press in advance of the last election. And its worth remembering how crucial that support was, notably the “kill Clegg” meeting between the heads of the Daily Telegraph and James Murdoch. Also don’t forget James Murdoch’s confrontation with the editor of the Independent in the middle of the election campaign. Deny it all he likes but Rupert is, unlike his papers, crap at lying. I’ve no doubt, as with last time, the flaws in both his and his spawn’s testimony will be exposed in the coming weeks. Except this time he will have lied under oath.

But back to Jeremy “kiss-ass” Hunt. It was, as I commented, awfully convenient Vince Cable being taken off the decision on B-SKY-B. And “by happy coincidence” it ending up with Hunt! This is simply too much of a coincidence. And naturally, as it was Cameron who made the decision to strip Vince Cable of the deal decision, he had to be in on it. It is indeed fortunate for Cameron that he heeded hard-line Tory pressure to force Vince Cable’s resignation, not doubt because he knew it was a setup (a setup I commented bore an ery similarity to smear attempts aimed at other members of the committee that questioned the Murdoch’s, notably Louise Mensch).

Of course had Cameron actually been so foolish, its likely we’d now be looking like Vince Cable (the ex-minister) had become a beacon for dissatisfied Lib Dems, who would as of Tuesday crossed the floor and voted the coalition out of office. I would consequently be instead discussing in this blog whether Osborne had enough time before the general election to recover from and become an effective leader of his party.

Either way, the reason why Hunt hasn’t been fired yet (incidentally Jeremy a PM consistently telling you that he has confidence in you means you’re goose is cooked) is because Cameron is using him as a meat shield. Image this scene from Total Recall, with Cameron as Arnie and Jeremy as “the unfortunate”.

Either way, this scandal is far from over. It so easily could have brought down the government and it still could.

The Sleaze of the World

A strange story popped up in the last few days claiming that Louise Mensch, the hot young Tory Chick-lit writer, one of the MP’s who gave Murdoch (Aka Dr Magoo) a grilling last week, that she had taken drugs at an EMI event (about 10 years ago), and worse that she’d associated there with known Socialists (Gasp! I hope she didn’t catch anything!). Beeb take on it here.

Now what was strange about this was how it emerged, as the Guardian reports, it seems the story got going when a blogger associated with the Daily Telegraph confronted her with information (photos, etc.) and …hold up…did I say Daily Telegraph? Since when have they gone for sleazy tabloid stories? And aren’t they the same paper who stitched up Vince Cable a few months back and did Murdoch a big favour? And it seems strangely coincidental that a blogging freelance journalist just happens upon photos from 10 years ago, the week after Ms Mensch grilled Murdoch?…much like it seemed oddly coincidental that a similar group of freelancers for the Telegraph would ambush Vince Cable the same time he’d been given the job of looking into the BSB deal…and that David Cameron took Rupert’s minions out to lunch (“Smithers” Murdoch and “Sideshow” Brooks) a few days later…and don’t get me started on the Chris Huhme stitch up! Now I’m not say that, say Murdoch has a large pile of dirt on every politician in Westminster and leaked said info to this journalist with the hope that the Daily Telegraph and Mail could then smear her with it while claiming plausible deniability, but that’s certainly what it looks like might have happened.

Anyway, Ms Mensch has all but admitted that she probably did take drugs. Well good on her! She may be a right wing nut, but at least she’s an honest right wing nut. As I pointed out in a previous post (regarding the War on Drugs…which we’ve lost…), the vast majority of the UK population have tried drugs at some point. Hence any MP who denies ever taking any is either (a) lying or (b) lived his whole life in a gilded home counties cage and lacks the necessary real world experience to be an effective politician.

One of the key tools of control that Murdoch and other media tycoons have exerted over politicians is this belief that politicians must be “whiter than white”. That they’re aren’t allowed to do the sort of things and make the mistakes all the rest of us have made, even if they ultimately did it decades before entering politics. Aren’t people allowed to have a second chance? Turn over a new leaf? Well if you’re Murdoch’s buddy, such as George W. Bush (who went thro a phase of alcoholism and drug use, but the Murdoch press (Fox News) spun that into a positive) you can but not if you’re anyone else. We need to get over the fact that politicians are just people too and they can (and will) make mistakes. Part of the whole point of having a free press and freedom of expression is so that we can critique policies that are doomed to fail. Indeed, slight aside here, I can never understand how politicians can continue pushing a policy that they know is a bad idea simply to avoid being accused of doing a U-turn. Isn’t a person entitled to change their mind when presented with new facts and opinions?

And the irony here of course, is that these same tabloid hacks “exposing” politicians are hardly the sort of people who should be lecturing the rest of us about living clean lifestyles. Indeed they’re likely sitting there in their office writing up a story on a politician, who may have taken some small quantity of drugs back when he was twenty, while our hack snorts out of a big communal bowl of coke, while taking a drag on his splif between paragraphs. How about a random drugs test on all the employees of one or two tabloids? I suspect you’d find more booze and drugs in these lot than they found in Amy Winehouse.

And politicians need to get over this “whiter than white” issue themselves. As I pointed out in reference to Tommy Sheridan, who was caught out going into a Swingers club by the NoTW, the sensible course of action would have been for him to say “and what of it? It’s a free country?” and then sue them for breeching his privacy. Instead he and the Scottish socialists self destructed and he’s now doing porridge as a result.

I would hope that Ms Mensch gets to the bottom of who started these rumours regarding her and sues the pants of him. Of course the ideal scenario is the paper trail leads back to the Murdoch’s! That will make the next time Rupert & Co. appear before the committiee interesting!