Saturday, January 22, 2011
Coulson Resignation Only the Beginning for Cameron
It was disingenuous in the extreme for Coulson and Cameron to act as if he had been somehow unfairly hounded from office. I wouldn't be surprised either if some major revelation is somewhere in the pipeline which proves culpability. Whatever, the future could see Coulson ending up in court facing the same questions as his former imprisoned colleagues. Cameron's judgment has rightly come under scrutiny and I wonder how he'll cope on his own now. According to one view he found it hard to sleep when he and Coulson disagreed over something major. As for a replacement I see various names are being mooted but my eyebrows raised skywards when I saw the name of Paul Staines, aka Guido Fawkes, being tipped. If a blogger is being considered, I'm sure Iain Dale would be a much better bet.
Finally, on 6th September last year I led with a headline: 'Sooner or Later Coulson is Toast'. A couple of rightwing commenters dismissed this 'reheated' story as trivial and nowhere near 'explosive' as I had described it when only The Guardian seemed to think it worth column inches. Paul Linfod, excellent fellow blogger, came to my support at the time and has also been vindicated. Well, I tend to avoid triumphalism in all aspects of my life -not that I get much opportunity to indulge such a sentiment at the best of times. But on this occasion may I say to them quietly and very sincerely: 'I did try to tell you'.
And how does your blog decide which of your commenters is right wing/left wing ?
You yourself have described yourself as 'rightwing' and I wouldn't have studied and taught politics most of my life without knowing the difference now would I?
On the 'stopped clock' point I suggest an attempt at little grace might occasionally prove an improving experience.
Stories not likely to appear anytime soon in the Graun - The dilemma of excitedly counting coup & scalp of a guvmint adviser - allegedly guilty of handling mis-appropriated information- whilst lauding & supporting an NGO employee who has admitted to carrying out the exact same "crime".
Hypocrisy ? Shurely not.....
And I didn't say Coulson would stay in his job. I did say that there didn't seem to be any evidence to indicate his guilt. Clearly an orchestrated campaign in the left media, and a few sensitive celeb souls. But no evidence. I suspect the police would want more. And it doesn't seem to be forthcoming. A successful smear campaign yes. A point proved? No.