Hello! Here in Smolensk butcher’s shop, we just watch interview David Cameron give to Volga News TV (English Language edition) about Jeremy Hunt. Here what he said.
Cameron: Look, Jeremy may be an ghastly, slimy, hypocritical, unconscionable, kiss up/kick down, shallow careerist, who seems able to conflate his private wild enthusiasm for something and his public modest regard for it, and then keep both separate from his quasi-judicial impartiality, almost as though he stores different bits of his brain in different formaldehyde jars. And indeed I accept that he is self-evidently without principle, integrity, talent, dignity, honour, charm, looks, a particularly good speaking voice, and all the rest of it. And I obviously concede that he has now redefined courteous to mean “willing to bend over, spread one’s legs and take it (unlubed) at a moment’s notice for anyone called Murdoch” and equally to denote “treating any SPAD one values highly as a friend and treasured confidante with such decency that having shown them the door one holds it open for them”. I accept all that. But what people have to understand is that Leveson is an enquiry. While its learned judge and lead QC are trying to get to the bottom of issues, people have usefully confused the process with a traditional court of law, where disputes are solved or people are put on trial for crimes. Which of course it isn’t. So, helpfully, people like Louise and Therese have been able to behave as though success for Leveson was for Jeremy to be sent at once to live with some old lags in Dartmoor and be courteous to them in the showers. But if Leveson can’t charge you with anything, then by definition Jeremy today has no charge to answer. So, he couldn’t be convicted of anything. Therefore he is innocent. Today. So I won’t refer him to the independent adviser on the Ministerial Code, especially as Leveson didn’t actually inquire into whether Hunt broke the Code, because he had already said he wouldn’t. So Jeremy stays. Albeit that he is a loathsome, odious, emetic, talentless, lickspittle, verminous, mealy-mouthed, toadying, invertebrate paramecium. And indeed, to some extent, because he is a loathsome, odious, emetic, talentless, lickspittle, verminous, mealy-mouthed, toadying, invertebrate paramecium. At least until Leveson’s Final Report calls him a loathsome, odious, emetic, talentless, lickspittle, verminous, mealy-mouthed, toadying, invertebrate paramecium. Which would change things. A bit. Possibly. What’s that? No. Louise’s claim that she’s the next Foreign Secretary is overstated. For the moment.