Friday, 1 June 2012

"We're all in this together" - Hunt, Cameron, Osborne

If Jeremy Hunt's conduct in office was merely inept and offensive, then there would be no reason for there to be any public ignominy beyond that justly earned by a Tory boy whose arrogance and breathtaking lack of self-awareness had led him into debt with the Moloch of Austro-American immorality.

Cameron's brazen insistence on Rhyming Slang's probity in handling Murdoch's bid for BSkyB would be risible were it not blatantly designed to save his own miserable neck.  The moronic behaviour of Cameron, Osborne and Hunt is obvious to anyone who hasn't taken Blair and Mandelson's "Book of Hypocritical Sophistry for Boys" as the basis for modern political conduct - the casuistry and contorted justification is increasingly resembling the flimsy excuses that Blair used to crawl up Bush's rectal orifice in the run-up to the hugely-successful invasion of Iraq on behalf of Halliburton.

Truly, Bullingdon Dave is the new Tony Blair, much as he wanted to be.

Cock-up, conspiracy or both?  Cable was withdrawn from his proper job because he expressed doubts about Murdoch's propriety and the desirability of further media consolidation.  Hunt, openly in favour of the bid and its potential cauterisation of political debate and the claims of Murdoch, a special adviser whose judgement and interests were and remain opaque, was clearly much more suitable, even if he didn't understand the "quasi-judicial" term or role.

In other words, he was at best immoral, and at worst, the mind begins to boggle.  The Tories have always worked on the basis that their role in government is to dip their fingers in the till and do favours for their mates - and the Faustian pact that they made with Murdoch in the run-up to the 2010 election meant that bending over backwards would probably prevent them from licking his boots.  Hunt should never have been let near the media briefing, and should never have been allowed out without minders warning him that the role of Ministers is to govern and to enforce and uphold the law before they allowed him to be ungagged.

Cameron cannot understand that people don't trust him and his motley bunch of amoral chancers - the leper has not changed its spots.  Hunt at Leveson was a pathetic figure - either dissembling in a desperate attempt to save his worthless neck or too clueless to be competent to hold office.  The implication of Osborne's intervention in the process leading up to the transfer of the bid to Hunt is that any reasonable person without the naivety of Pollyanna or the cretinism of the Tory press would start wondering where the conspiracy is based.

This does not just make Hunt's position untenable, but it makes Cameron's risible.  Had Hunt stood aside during Leveson, then he would have avoided the impression of a man desperately struggling against being sucked under by sleaze of his own creation.  However, his bumptious self-belief has triumphed, not to mention the requirement to protect the cronies who have dug the Tories into this hole.

None of this cabal would be fit for public office if probity was still seen as a necessary condition for elevation.  They have demonstrated their contempt for the electorate, other politicians and the process of law.  Nothing has been learned in the three decades since Thatcher accelerated the venalisation of public life.

Hunt should have gone and every minute of his continued presence should be used to promote political and moral revulsion with the tawdry scum who are lecturing the rest of us on the need for austerity while scratching their mates' backs and fiddling at the margins of a global crisis.  Cameron's stupidity in backing him will rebound, and the only problem would be if it became inappropriate to celebrate this with glee, hubris and much rejoicing.

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