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Vince Cable was the minister who should have originally made this decision as it fell within the remit of The Department of Trade and Industry.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