I do seem to find some little gems in the opinion pages of the Telegraph. As I’ve stated before I’m a bit of an admirer of Peter Oborne. Today’s gem isn’t from him, but from the Telegraph’s Deputy Political Editor, James Kirkup. He comments about the unfairness of Cameron quickly referring Sayeeda Warsi for investigation by the ministerial standards guy, but not Jeremy Hunt. Now Kirkup has his own theories as to why this is so which you can read here.
Of course Cameron is wrong. We all know what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. I don’t really want to go too deeply into the case of Jeremy Hunt because most readers will have had their fill of the story already. I will just add a correction to one line that Cameron has tried a few times. It’s that Hunt had to be doing his job fairly because just look at the decision he made in the end. Now even someone with a memory as bad as mine could see that Hunt was moving along a line of allowing the BSkyB takeover to happen right up until the Milly Downer phone hacking story broke. At that point even News international knew that the game was over, at least for now.
The broader point I would like to make is how our political class really does treat the public as idiots. The things I can say about Cameron and his cabinet I could easily say about Blair, Brown and theirs.
You do not need to be genius to see what would be the correct moral and ethical decision to make on whether Hunt should be investigated. We have a simple test that was invented right here in Britain in the 14th. Century. It’s called Occam’s Razor. Putting it very simply it’s to look for the obvious answer first. Bringing it up to the 18th. Century we could say “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
This isn’t to say Jeremy Hunt is guilty. It’s to say that when Cameron decides whether to have an inquiry or not he should base that decision on the most obvious case first, at least to the public perception of what has happened. Anything else is just an insult to the public. If after Sir Alex Allen looks into it and if he finds that Hunt is innocent then Cameron has an argument he can use.