Cameron’s Minister Jeremy Hunt Caught Out – Hiding Behind a Tree!
Why would a Minister in David Cameron’s cabinet want to hide behind a tree hoping journalists would not see him? Was it because he was doing something he shouldn’t? You bet – and if this wasn’t so serious it would be sitcom moment!
Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt had the responsibility of deciding whether Rupert Murdock’s bid for complete control of the TV channel BSkyB could be waved through.
This was a serious moment because if Murdock gained control he would have an even bigger share of TV News coverage in the UK. There’s no doubt he would do everything he could to impose his ultra right wing, US style, Fox News approach. Cameron’s Conservatives would see no problem in that, they hate and fear the independent BBC for its truth telling about the effects of their policies. Cameron would be be able to control the news agenda more easily with Murdock slanting the news, Fox style.
So it was in the national interest that Hunt should have an open mind about Murdock’s bid and he claimed this was the case. He would not be having cosy chats with Murdock and his organisation. Definitely not! The facts had to speak for themselves.
The truth is Hunt was battling all the way for Murdock to take control and far from being neutral he and staff were going out of their way to make things easier for them.
Hunt had arranged to have a cosy chat with Murdock’s son James about BSkyB. A dinner had been fixed up and he was on the way to see Murdock when he realised there were journalists about.
As soon as he saw them he jumped behind a tree!
This may sound too pathetic to be true but it is because one of those journalists – from a Tory supporting paper – spotted him.
Intrigued, as you would be, he rang someone who he knew would be with James Murdock and said. “Do you know Jeremy Hunt is outside, hiding behind a tree?”
“Oh yes,” was the reply. “He doesn’t want you lot to know he is having dinner and chats with James Murdock.”
This is the sort of schoolboy behaviour Cameron’s ministers have to resort to when they’re covering up their lies. Unluckily for Hunt, details of emails and text messages between his department and Murdock have been made public. They reveal that far from holding a “Judicial” and neutral position as he claimed – his department was giving help, advice and encouragement to Murdock.
Hunt’s Personal Assistant has been forced to resign. Hunt claims he knew nothing about what was going on. Funny that, Rupert Murdock claims he didn’t know what was going on at the News of the World.
Cameron is covering up for Hunt – because he has been having cosy little chats too. At a Christmas lunch – James Murdock had to own up to that one.
How much longer before Hunt and Cameron are forced into the open over their murky dealings with Murdock?