Beleaguered Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt today pledged to hand over all relevant emails and texts as well as any of his employees in order to clear his name.
Mr Hunt said he believed that by placing the blame on everyone else it would show that he handled the BSkyB takeover bid by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp empire with “total integrity” and it was all the fault of the people who work for him.
Mr Hunt told reporters outside his London home:
I will be allowing all my private emails, advisers, secretaries and cleaners to be hung out to dry in order to show that I have absolutely nothing to hide. I am confident that by selling my underlings down the river, the position that I handled the BSkyB merger process with total integrity will be vindicated and I will be able to keep my job.
Already one aide to Mr Hunt, Adam Smith, was duped into resigning on Wednesday after details of contacts with a News Corp executive were released by the Leveson Inquiry and were promptly blamed on him.
Mr Hunt’s commitment to stab his staff in the back was welcomed by the Prime Minister’s office but is unlikely to ease pressure on David Cameron to order his own investigation into whether the Secretary of State breached the ministerial code of conduct by being caught doing something wrong rather than managing to get way with it.
Asked whether Mr Cameron agreed that an inquiry into potential breaches of the ministerial code was needed, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said:
No. Jeremy Hunt has made clear in his statement to the House of Commons that he is prepared to stab more of his employees in the back to clear his name if necessary so the Prime Minister has full confidence in the way Jeremy Hunt has dealt with the BSkyB bid by promptly and efficiently passing the buck.
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