Witch unt

The problem with the Murdoch situation in our political process where it seems to rumble on endlessly, is that the blame cannot be pinned to the correct culprit.  Jeremy Hunt is a most convenient target as nobody likes him, and the Prime Minister continually backs him to the hilt claiming he has never done anything wrong in the Judicial process and decision-making regarding who should own BSkyB, and that is probably true.

The question we should really be asking is whether Jeremy Hunt should have been making the decision in the first place.

Vince Cable was the minister who should have originally made this decision as it fell within the remit of The Department of Trade and Industry. But Mr Cable made it known in public what his feelings were towards the Murdoch Empire, and placed himself in a position where his ultimate decision would be challenged probably in court if it did not go in favour of News International.

So what was the Prime Minister to do? fortunately Mr Hunt wrote to him expressing his support for the take over, but this was a private letter which saved Mr Cameron from an awkward situation.  So many promises, so much public scrutiny. Mr Cable was an unsuitable person to make a decision because he had made a public statement, but Mr Hunt was the right man to make this decision because he had made a private statement of support.

For either minister to comment on this decision prior to the process being fully examined was incorrect.  Also, if Mr Cable was not the right person neither  was Mr Hunt for exactly the same reason.  Therefore we must come to the conclusion that Mr Hunt did not breach the Ministerial code but the Prime MInister in appointing him did, knowing full well in what way the decision would be made. It is time to stop attacking Mr Hunt and concentrate on the real villain David Cameron who defends his Culture secretary because with him in place all the attacks are  directed at him.

Once again we see Mr Cameron defending his Government against one of the toughest political commentators of our time Phillip Scofield on  day time television. It must be hell fighting off that heavyweight interviewer, what did someone say, like being savaged by a dead sheep.

Now is the time for all you political commentators to focus your energy on the man responsible and not the door mat.

As Eccles would have said I know the answer I have got it written on a piece of paper.

(c) Michael Bosc

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About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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