The UK Coalition seem to be divided over Jeremy Hunt. The Labour opposition have understandably joined the calls for Hunt to resign. Senior Lib Dem Simon Hughes on Thursday's Question Time agreed the need for an investigation. It seems however that UK PM Dave Cameron is reluctant to act. Mr Cameron must remember that in doing so he will fuel gossip. Was Hunt simply doing the PMs bidding?
Jeremy Hunt continues to maintain that he is innocent and that he can prove that. Due to go before the Leveson inquiry in May he has asked that date be brought forward and his evidence be heard NOW. Today it has been announced that Mr Leveson has refused this request. Lord Justice Leveson has said that he will not act as an arbiter for the Ministerial code of conduct.
In refusing the request for Hunt's appearance to be brought forward a spokesperson said, "Lord Justice Leveson is of the view that, in the interests of fairness to all, the inquiry should continue with the existing scheduling of his appearance."
In doing so he has put the matter squarely back in the PMs hands. This is where it should have been from day one. It is up to Cameron now to act. Too many ministers in this government are starting to appear sleazy. None have faced the music. It is about time the Coalition proved that it still has some moral backbone.
As for Hunt and his proof, that is emails, are these evidence as he has claimed? Most of us delete emails constantly so offering some is hardly definitive proof. Unless of course he is offering his computer up for a proper analysis?
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