31/05/2012 Newsnight


31/05/2012

The stories behind the day's headlines with Gavin Esler. Has Jeremy Hunt done enough to save his job after appearing at Leveson and what does James Bond reveal about Britishness?


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Congratulations, just Ofcom to go. Hours before he was told he would

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decide the fate of BSkyB, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,

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congratulated James Murdoch, as the multibillion pound bid moved

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towards apparent completion. Would you agree, Mr Hunt, that is

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conveying a some what positive view on where the process had reached.

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Yes. Serious questions about the actions of Jeremy Hunt and George

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Osborne. After personal text messages were revealed at the

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Leveson Inquiry. We will hear from the deputy leader of the Labour

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Party, Harriet Harman, and the Home Office Minister, Nick Herbert.

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Another day, another climb-down by George Osborne on the budget.

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those waiting with baited breath, for that favourite media catch

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phrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say, you turn if you want

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to. You wait for one u-turn and then three come along at once.

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Today the charity tax followed the pasty tax and the caravan tax into

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the dustbin. We will ask the Newsnight panel why George Osborne

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got it wrong, and how damaged Jeremy Hunt is after today's

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Leveson. There are more fears about the eurozone and the polls have

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closed in Ireland, as people give their verdict on the EU fiscal

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treaty. We are live in Dublin. And James Bond, a British hero who

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punches above his wait. Steve Smith investigates his eternal appeal.

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What does 007 tell us about Britishness, apart from the sex and

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violence? Writers Anthony Horowitz and

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Bidisha are here to discuss whether Bond is a barometer of Britishness

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or good or otherwise. Good evening, the good news for

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Jeremy Hunt today is he can keep his job as Culture Secretary. David

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Cameron will not order an investigation into whether he

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breached the Ministerial Code. The bad news for Mr Hunt is that the

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opposition still want his head on plate. They claim he may have

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breached the code, misled parliament and acted as a lobbyist

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for the BSkyB. An interesting piece of news management, as the hunt --

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hunt hunt saga unfolded so did the budget. This time the Chancellor

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has done a U-turn on the charitable donations. At times the Leveson

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Inquiry has appeared to be an inquiry in Jeremy Hunt, we heard

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about the lobbyist used to do the job, the ministerial adviser who

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was deluged with messages, and the permanent secretary in charge of

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the department. Today we got to hear from Jeremy Hunt himself. To

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understand this story, we have to go back to mid-November of 2010. At

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this stage News Corp's bid for BSkyB wasn't going brilliantly well.

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For one thing, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, deciding on

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the bid for the Government, was refusing to have any sort of

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contact whatsoever with News Corporation. In desperation, the

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company turned to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Who they

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knew was not only better disposed towards them, he was also only too

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happy to talk. Before today's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry,

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we already knew that James Murdoch and the Culture Secretary were due

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to meet in mid-November 2010. But Mr Hunt had to call off the meeting.

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One of James Murdoch's staff told the media bus that Hunt had

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received strong legal advice not to meet them, any meeting could

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jeopardise the entire process. Instead James Murdoch and Jeremy

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Hunt spoke on the phone. The conversation was relayed to the

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Prime Minister in a memo of the 19th of November. In it Mr Hunt

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wrote that James Murdoch was furious over Vince Cable's handling

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of the bid, and warned, that if they blocked it, the bit, and media

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sector would suffer for years. meeting is inappropriate, and as is

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suggested, why is a telephone call appropriate? I didn't see the

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telephone call as a replacement for the meeting. My interpretation of

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the advice was that I should not involve myself in a quasi-judicial

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process that is being run by another Secretary of State, and

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that was the purpose of the meeting that was requested by News Corp,

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that is why it wasn't appropriate. What was discussed on the phone, Mr

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Hunt? I just heard Mr Murdoch out, and basically heard what he had to

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say about what was on his mind at that time.

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What you heard on the phone is exactly the same thing that you

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would have heard had there been a face-to-face meeting s that right?

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It depends. The most action-packed day in the history of the bid was

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the 21st December 2010. At midday the European Commission gave the

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bid the green light on competition grounds. That meant the only

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barrier now was in Britain, being overseen by Vince Cable. At 12.46,

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Jeremy Hunt texted James Murdoch, he was sorry to miss the call, and

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was on his mobile then. They arranged to talk at 4.00pm. At

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12.57 Jeremy Hunt texted James Murdoch, he said great, and

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congrats on Brussels, just Ofcom to go. Would you agree, Mr Hunt, that

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is conveying a some what positive view on where the process had

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reached? Yes. What happened next, well, we can only describe as a bit

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of a bombshell. At 2.30pm, still on the 21st of December, the BBC broke

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the story that Vince Cable had been secretly recorded saying he had

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declared war on Rupert Murdoch over the bid. At 3.56pm, News Corp put

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out a statement saying this raised serious questions about fairness

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and due process. At 4.00pm, Jeremy Hunt and James Murdoch had their

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prearranged phone call, discussing Mr Cable's comments. At 4.08 Jeremy

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Hunt texted the Chancellor, saying he was seriously worried that they

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would screw this up. There was a similar text to Andy Coulson at

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4.10pm, David Cameron's Director of Communications. At 4.58 Jeremy Hunt

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received a sex from George Osborne saying he hoped he liked their

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solution. That solution is that Vince Cable lost his responsibility

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for the bid that pass today Jeremy Hunt himself. One question is why

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was the Chancellor involved in kpwhuen Kateing this decision to --

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communicating this decision to Mr Hunt. And why didn't the Culture

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Secretary see it fit to inform the department about his rather chummy

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text relationship with James Murdoch. To put it bluntly, Dr

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Cable had lost the role through the appearance of bias in one direction.

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And doesn't it emerge from a fair reading of this text that you

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shouldn't have acquired the role for the equal and opposite reason?

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No, because, as I understand it, the point about a qies say judicial

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role, is not that -- quasi-judicial role is not that you acquire a

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responsibility for a quasi-judicial decision with your brain wiped

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clean. The point about that role is you set aside any views that you

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have, and you decide objectively on the basis of, in this case, media

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plurality. And not on the policy considerations that have been my

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preoccupation to that point. Hunt was then taken through the

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deluge of correspondence that his former special adviser, Adam Smith,

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had with News Corporation. It was, Mr Hunt agreed, both inappropriate

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in tone and quantity. But, he insisted, he hadn't known anything

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about it. Almost as soon as Jeremy Hunt had

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finished his evidence, Downing Street let it be known that the

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Prime Minister thought that he had acted with complete propriety

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throughout this process. And that he wouldn't now be triggering any

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investigation as to whether his minister had broken the Ministerial

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Code. As you can imagine, not everyone thinks that this should be

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the last word on the matter. Tonight, Labour has called the

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Prime Minister's decision to keep Mr Hunt in his place disgraceful.

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Our political editor is here. What's the point of the Ministerial

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Code? It is pretty pointless, this evening. This is something that

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David Cameron beefed up within a day of entering office. He wanted

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the perception of ministerial impriority to be as important as

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any actual wrongdoing, and also entered into the Ministerial Code

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that special advisers should also be taken responsibility for by the

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minister. That hasn't happened today. It is pretty pointless. The

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man in charge of overseeing it, Alex Alan, has said before he wants,

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if he feels he is being sidelined, he wants that to be something he

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would walk over. They are all questions outstanding. Having been

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very critical in that way. Also Hunt's testimony today also

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slightly puts the onus back on other people in Government. You

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have now had George Osborne brought into the fray, in terms of somebody

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who was, without hearing from the Chancellor, his side of the story,

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he's texting the Culture Secretary to say he thinks he would like the

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solution to the Vince Cable problem. Which suggests he knows the Culture

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Secretary has a particular view about something. I think we have

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had a couple of developments today. I think Hunt did OK in front of

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Leveson, equally other people have been brought into the story. What

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do you make of the interesting coincidence that the budget, yet

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another rollback on the budget today, with the third of the U-

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turns this week, and the biggest one? If there were this many u-

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turns in the flotilla on Sunday, there would be chaos in the Jubilee.

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There has been three. Backbenchers have been told, when you complain

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about some of the measures in the budget, you should just be quiet,

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the cost of them, they all add up, �40 million here, �50 million there,

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we are going ahead with them. Now there is U-turns, many Tory MPs

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feel agrieved they have been backing things, and in tight votes

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in the Commons, now the Government has decided this recess to U-turn

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on. It is actually within parliament quite serious stuff.

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Lots of people on holiday, lots of people preparing for the Jubilee.

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Lots of people getting the burgers on and not actually thinking about

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politic. Lots of people in parliament are thinking, actually

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this budget is falling apart. While the deputy leader of the

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Labour Party, Harriet Harman, has been pursuing Mr Hunt for his

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alleged wrong doings, she's in Westminster. The Home Office

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Minister, Nick Herbert, is also with us. Harriet Harman, first of

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all, what evidence is there, if any, that after Mr Hunt got the job of

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deciding about the BSkyB job, that he did anything wrong whatsoever?

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He misled the House of Commons. Because he said after he had

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responsibility for the BSkyB bid, that he was going to act fairly,

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impartially, transparently, and as proof of his good faith on, that he

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would publish all the exchanges between his department, and News

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Corp. And he didn't do that. There was not a single text, e-mail, or

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record of a phone call between his special adviser in News Corp,

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although he admitted that his special adviser was a conduit for

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information. The Ministerial Code says this is a resignation offence,

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that if you mislead the House of Commons, you have to resign. What

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David Cameron has done tonight, is effectively tear up the Ministerial

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Code. I think that this is a very concerning moment about standards

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in ministerial office. He's saying he's broken the code, but he will

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just sweep it under the carpet. That is only one of the ways he has

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broken the code. There is others as well. But he did refer the bid to

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Ofcom, and the OFT. He said he strictly followed due process, the

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parliamentary secretary was happy with the way he handled things.

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Where would you put your finger on something he absolutely did wrong

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in the consideration of the bid? Firstly, he should have never take

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on the decision, because he was clearly biased in favour of it.

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David Cameron was in a position to know his bias in favour of it,

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because he had received the memo from Jeremy Hunt. Tell me a single.

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The permanent secretary didn't know that. They were doing it behind the

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back of him. Tell me the name of a single senior minister of any party

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who doesn't have some kind of bias about Rupert Murdoch, everybody has

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opinions about Rupert Murdoch? Because of that perception of bias,

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it is not just having no bias, but perception of bias. He should have

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referred it to the Competition Commission, instead did he just

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enough to keep hold of the decision himself, and do the discussions

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about the undertakings in lieu. He should never have taken on the

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decision. Cameron and Osborne should never have made that

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political decision to refer to Jeremy Hunt, a quasi-judicial

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responsibility. And they kept their, one further point, David Cameron

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took legal advice about whether it was appropriate to give this

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responsibility to Jeremy Hunt. But they kept their officials and their

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lawyers in the dark, they never got to see that memo, which showed just

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how biased Jeremy Hunt was. The whole thing is, they are just

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trying to sweep it under the carpet and say it is fine, it is not, the

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House of Commons should be very concerned about this. Should George

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Osborne appear before Leveson now? It is a matter for Lord Justice

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Leveson to decide who he calls. It is evidence that George Osborne was

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not engaged as Chancellor on this, he was engaged as political

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strategist for the Prime Minister. Now the Prime Minister said that he

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was not involved, this was all quasi-judicial. But it was a highly

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political decision to give the responsibility for taking this

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issue of the bid forward, to Jeremy Hunt. You know, if this bid had

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gone through, and the opponents had done a judicial review. The courts

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would have, without hesitation, struck it down, as being absolutely

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flawed as a process, top to bottom. Let me bring in Nick Herbert here.

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You have torn up the Ministerial Code, you have Jeremy Hunt

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scheduling a James Murdoch meeting, told by the lawyers that the

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meeting on the 15th of November 2010 was inappropriate. His

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decision is to phone up James Murdoch to discuss it. That is

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surely wrong? Firstly, we had not torn up the Ministerial Code, the

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Prime Minister is clear there is no breach of the Ministerial Code.

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hasn't investigated or got Sir Alex Allen to look at it? The Prime

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Minister is clear these matters should be looked at the Leveson

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Inquiry, which they are at length. The permanent secretary said he was

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happy about the way the Culture Secretary had been handling the bid.

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You have nothing to fear from Sir Alex Allen, it is all fine? Nobody

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is able to show today that Jeremy Hunt did anything but act with

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impartiality and integrity, once he had the quasi-judicial decision-

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making. Ever decision he took it was acting against the interests of

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the Murdochs. It was not what they wanted, that is the point to be

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focused on. He is told by the lawyers it is inappropriate to meet

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James Murdoch, the day afterwards he phones James Murdoch, that is

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appropriate is it? He didn't meet James Murdoch. He didn't see him,

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but he phoned him. That is fine, is it? He took the advice and did not

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meet James Murdoch. Take a step back and look at the decisions

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which Jeremy Hunt took in referring to the independent Ofcom, and the

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OFT for independent advice. It is perfectly appropriate to phone

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somebody you have been told not to meet? Going back repeatedly for the

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independent advice. Taking that advice. Making sure the

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undertakings which News Corp were going to have to give were

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strengthened. The Murdochs didn't like the undertakings and didn't

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get their way. That was surely the point, not the point of your report

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or summaries given. On the day what Jeremy Hunt was able to show is he

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acted with complete impartiality and ining at thety. To take lessons

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from Harriet Harman -- and integrity. To take lessons from

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Harriet Harman about that, when the spin doctors were doing appalling

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things, did they resign. At 12.57 on the 21st of November 2010, he

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sent a text of congratulations and saying just Ofcom to go, then a

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text to George Osborne saying he was worried they were going to

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screw it up. The impression is Jeremy Hunt was acting as a

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lobbyist for the Murdochs? These were all things that happened

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before Jeremy Hunt was given the responsibility for being in charge

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of the bid. That was approved by the cabinet secretary, which knew

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of the memo sent to the Prime Minister from Jeremy Hunt. Since

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then nobody has been able to show that Jeremy Hunt acted with

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anything other than complete impartiality. Except he didn't have

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the same contact with the opponents, did he have the same contact?

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Jeremy Hunt, as Culture Secretary, would have had contact with all

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sorts of media owner, editors, pro- priorities. I'm sure the director-

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general of the BBC is someone he was in contact with. Nobody was in

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doubt that Jeremy Hunt had a view about the Murdochs, and the bid.

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That wasn't the point. Once he was given responsibility, he acted in a

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completely impartial manner. What today has showed, is that was the

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case. His permanent secretary said that he had left himself a

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vanishingly small amount of room to exercise any kind of political

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discretion in this, because of the independent advice he had taken,

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and in any case he didn't think the Culture Secretary wanted today do

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that. George Osborne, a some what busy man, who could have been

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attending to the economy, takes time out to say he hopes he liked

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the solution, why is that? George Osborne is one of the most serious

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figures in Government, this is a serious matter. That is not the

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point. The point is Jeremy Hunt behaved completely properly in

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exercising the judgments that he did, referring everything to these

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independent bodies, and actually the Murdochs were increasingly

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unhappy about it, saying what he was doing is tantermount to

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wrecking the bid. They didn't get their way on this, and were never

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going to get their way. You have shot your fox here, Mr Hunt will

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stay, there is no breach of the Ministerial Code, and no reference

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about it either? After he took responsibility for the bid, which

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we think he should never have done. After he took responsibility, his

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special adviser had constant contact with News Corporation. The

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Ministerial Code says you have to take responsibility for your

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special adviser. He didn't take responsibility, he just sacked him.

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That is a breach of the Ministerial Code, to not take responsibility

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for your special adviser. He stood in front of Leveson today and said

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he had no idea that his special adviser was doing all these things

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wrong. That is a breach, straight forward of the Ministerial Code.

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straight forward breach of the Ministerial Code, if it looks bad

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it is bad? They were clear there was no breach of the Ministerial

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Code, did Gordon Brown take the same view about the behaviour of a

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political adviser who acted appallingly under his regime, no he

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didn't. It is a bogus point by the Labour Party, who have been unable

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to land any blow today. They threw a lot of mud, prejudgeed Jeremy

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Hunt's evidence, they called for him to go before he had the

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opportunity to set out the case in the inquiry, and they haven't made

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any of the mud stick today. Shortly before they prepared their

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Jubilee festive bunting or whatever it is, we have assembled the

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Newsnight political panel. Danny Finkelstein, Sally Morgan, and

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Miranda Green. Do you think the Ministerial Code is shot? I don't

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think they have tried to use it this time. I think it is clear, the

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Ministerial Code has been broken. For two reasons, amongst others,

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firstly, it talks about perception, whatever you say today about

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specific details, there is an overall perception that they were

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constantly in touch with News International. Secondly, the issue

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about the special adviser. My understanding of the Ministerial

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Code is that it is pretty crystal clear you take responsibility for

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your special adviser. I feel very sorry for Adam Smith Smith, I don't

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know him, he seems like a decent guy who worked closely with Jeremy

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Hunt for six years. I find it pretty inreceivable that he would

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do things -- inconceivable that he would go off on his own when they

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have worked together for so long. The point earlier, is if Sir Alex

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Allen felt like that, it was a hypothetical question, and if he

:21:56.:22:04.

felt there was a reference he would quit? It doesn't seem a very robust

:22:04.:22:09.

process, there is something very peculiar about the Prime Minister

:22:09.:22:15.

sitting there. The whole political world has been glued to the

:22:15.:22:18.

coverage, presumably in Number Ten they are watching closely, and then

:22:18.:22:22.

at the end of it saying they are free of it and off the hook. Its

:22:22.:22:25.

not a clean process from that point of view. There was a definite

:22:25.:22:30.

feeling that Jeremy Hunt looked very shaky, in the morning, by the

:22:30.:22:34.

lunchtime he had recovered, and by the afternoon the Tory Party were

:22:34.:22:39.

celebrating, he's way scot free. He's not away scot free, because he

:22:39.:22:43.

has been politically damaged seriously. He's not the next leader

:22:43.:22:47.

of the Conservative Party. media would enjoy another inquiry

:22:47.:22:50.

into itself and the Ministerial Code. They are really enjoying it.

:22:50.:22:54.

For the public it is like an inquiry into the carpet industry,

:22:55.:22:58.

with all the journalists being carpet manufacturers, we are

:22:58.:23:04.

riveted by this. You are seriously telling us you don't think the

:23:04.:23:08.

Leveson Inquiry is any more serious than an inquiry into the carpet

:23:08.:23:13.

industry. Journalists -- Journalists think it is very

:23:13.:23:15.

important because we work there. Milly Dowler's parents probably

:23:15.:23:20.

think it is important? The inquiry into the practices of the med was

:23:20.:23:24.

very important. I work for -- media was very important. I work for a

:23:24.:23:28.

newspaper owned by news interle that, and can see close up the

:23:28.:23:32.

devastating consequences for people. On all the newspaper that was very

:23:32.:23:36.

important. This part of the inquiry, I have to saying, has gone on and

:23:36.:23:40.

on, and an inquiry into smaller and smaller details, and the public has

:23:40.:23:45.

lost a lot of interest in this element. Why is George Osborne the

:23:45.:23:49.

go-to guy for Jeremy Hunt about this, he immediately texted George

:23:49.:23:53.

Osborne? Everyone knows that George Osborne is very involved in the

:23:53.:23:57.

political decisions of the Government. He a good friend of

:23:57.:24:01.

James Murdoch? He has been a friend of James Murdoch, I don't know if

:24:01.:24:04.

that is relevant. He was involved when Vince Cable was forced to

:24:04.:24:07.

resign, because of his inappropriate comments on the bid.

:24:07.:24:11.

The Government had a big crisis, the solution was to give Jeremy

:24:11.:24:15.

Hunt that part of the job. That was obviously George Osborne knowing

:24:15.:24:19.

about that, and texted on it. I think an awful lot is being hyped

:24:19.:24:23.

on to a very small thing. Incidently, the Government has a

:24:23.:24:27.

lot of big problems, of which Leveson n my view, is overrated by

:24:27.:24:32.

the media as one of them. I think that is both right and wrong. There

:24:32.:24:37.

are bigger problems, but the constant drip, drip, drip from

:24:37.:24:40.

Leveson is extremely damaging. I think it does matter profoundly,

:24:40.:24:45.

what we are talking about here is integrity. That is very important

:24:45.:24:48.

in politics at the moment. You were writing this week, Danny, about the

:24:48.:24:51.

complete loss of faith in the whole of politics, by the mass of the

:24:51.:24:55.

population. This is part of it, surely. If we get this impression

:24:55.:24:58.

that everyone in the political world, and the media and lobbying

:24:58.:25:03.

world, we are all exiting each other and it is all terribly ipbtd

:25:03.:25:09.

mit, it is all terribly -- intimate, it is a party that the public is

:25:09.:25:13.

excluded from. That is a damaging truth. That is exactly where I am.

:25:13.:25:18.

I personally find it really bizarre to think of cabinet ministers

:25:18.:25:23.

spending their time texting, it is a really weird to go about

:25:23.:25:27.

Government. Was it like that in your day, were you sitting on

:25:27.:25:30.

sofas? We were, but people knew what the meetings are about. There

:25:30.:25:33.

is a serious point here, is a lot of communication within Government

:25:33.:25:37.

is happening without anybody, no civil servants knowing. No records

:25:37.:25:40.

being taken, and nobody knowing what is going on. At the same time,

:25:40.:25:44.

we have a Government where, frankly, I mean I couldn't define for you

:25:44.:25:47.

what the Government is about at the moment. One of the reasons this is

:25:47.:25:51.

so big is because actually, apart from austerity, nobody knows what

:25:51.:25:55.

the Government is there for. you surprised by the role of the

:25:55.:25:58.

Chancellor, or think he's a very important person? What is the role

:25:58.:26:02.

of the Chancellor. You have a text, I'm genuinely interested, you have

:26:02.:26:06.

a text of three words. Maybe it was four. What is the role of the

:26:06.:26:10.

Chancellor. Come on, the role of the clal, it is obvious, he --

:26:10.:26:14.

Chancellor, it's obvious, he's the key political strategist, they were

:26:14.:26:18.

more concerned about the handling of this more than anything else.

:26:18.:26:22.

The cabinet minister had resigned, naturally speaking the Prime

:26:22.:26:26.

Minister's closest political ally. He had resigned? Of course you are

:26:26.:26:31.

right. Cable had to have that responsibility removed, quite right,

:26:31.:26:35.

the Prime Minister's closest political ally was texting the

:26:35.:26:38.

Culture Secretary, who will be involved. Saying you like the

:26:38.:26:42.

solution? What's wrong with that? There is absolutely nothing wrong

:26:42.:26:46.

with that? What is wrong with that, I don't understand. I'm asking you,

:26:46.:26:49.

there's absolutely nothing? Then I can't give an answer, I don't

:26:49.:26:56.

understand what you are talking about. We're on the same page.

:26:56.:26:59.

think he needs to go back and do the running of the economy. That is

:26:59.:27:04.

a serious problem, when we're seeing U-turn after U stuorn and

:27:04.:27:08.

general chaos, that George Osborne -- U-turn and general chaos, that

:27:08.:27:12.

George Osborne is spending more time on tactical day-to-day

:27:12.:27:16.

decisions rather than running Government. It was a major issue in

:27:16.:27:19.

the Government, clearly the Prime Minister will consult major

:27:19.:27:22.

political allies. Although, incidently, of course the economy

:27:22.:27:25.

is the critical issue and very serious mistakes have been made

:27:25.:27:31.

about the budget, ages later. I don't think a one-sentence text was

:27:31.:27:34.

really responsible. It is the manner in which everyone is

:27:34.:27:38.

conducting themselves. I think there was a very strong contrast

:27:38.:27:43.

between today and yesterday. Watching Jeremy Hunt and watching

:27:43.:27:46.

Vince Cable giving evidence. Vince Cable showed there is a different

:27:46.:27:50.

way to run your office, and run your operation, and absolutely,

:27:50.:27:57.

Cable came across a cropper as the Telegraph exposed his private views

:27:57.:28:01.

about the Murdoch empire. And he was rightly, removed from it, as he

:28:01.:28:05.

said. But, in a sense there is a grown-up way of doing it, he made

:28:05.:28:09.

sure the whole office respected the rules which clearly Jeremy Hunt did

:28:09.:28:11.

not do. We will have to leave it there.

:28:11.:28:17.

The people of Ireland in a referendum a few years ago very

:28:17.:28:20.

famously torpedoed one European deal, and the referendum was run

:28:20.:28:24.

again in order to get a different answer. Today Irish people have

:28:24.:28:29.

again been voting for a euro referendum, in crushing austerity.

:28:30.:28:35.

It is a treaty that sets the rules and the polls have just closed.

:28:35.:28:39.

Have you any sense to which way the votes will go? I have been speaking

:28:39.:28:43.

to senior politicians on the yes and no side. They both think the

:28:43.:28:49.

turnout will be quite low, possibly sub-50%. Which means more than half

:28:50.:28:54.

of the Irish populus decided they wouldn't vote. It is a question of

:28:54.:29:00.

whether the low turnout would be good for the no vote, or for the

:29:01.:29:04.

yes vote, because that is the status quo. One thing for certain

:29:04.:29:11.

is the Sinn Fein party, relatively small in the Irish parliament, may

:29:11.:29:15.

have marshalled the working-class vote to come in behind the no side,

:29:15.:29:18.

while the yes side has the majority of the political parties, including

:29:19.:29:21.

the Government and some of the opposition parties. They would be

:29:21.:29:24.

expected bring in the yes side. They have been talking about a vote

:29:24.:29:27.

for question could mean that Ireland could get access of the

:29:27.:29:32.

bail out funds of the ESM, the bail out package in Europe. It is a

:29:32.:29:35.

fatalistic option of voting yes you will get the status quo, and a

:29:35.:29:39.

second bail out if needed. On the big picture, all eyes are not just

:29:40.:29:45.

on Ireland, but Spain. A lot of money has been leaving the country?

:29:45.:29:50.

66 billion euro, that is the sum the bank of Spain said left deposit

:29:50.:29:55.

accounts in March. One suspects that number will rise substantially

:29:55.:29:59.

throughout April and May. Given the fact that the euro crisis has

:29:59.:30:03.

hardly abated since March, it took a dip in March. There is talk of a

:30:03.:30:07.

lot of money leaving Greek and Spanish bank accounts. There is a

:30:07.:30:10.

story eminating, and doing the rounds, it is only a rumour, that

:30:10.:30:15.

the Greek Government might put a cap on sums any more than 50,000

:30:15.:30:19.

euros to be withdrawn or transferred. I haven't been able to

:30:19.:30:22.

confirm that, that would be a capital control, that would be very

:30:22.:30:29.

much towards the road of a Grexit. On the eve of the Queen's Diamond

:30:29.:30:31.

Jubilee, we have been reflected all this week on Britain through the

:30:31.:30:35.

writings of three British authors, tonight Ian Fleming's James Bond,

:30:35.:30:39.

created in the tough austerity years of the 1950s, still very

:30:39.:30:44.

popular, 60 years later. What does the enduring Bond myth tell us

:30:44.:30:54.
:30:54.:30:58.

about ourselves and post-war Britain.

:30:58.:31:05.

The name is Bond. James Bond. name is bond. James Bond. My name

:31:05.:31:12.

is bond, James Bond. He's lean, he's mean, he's due a

:31:12.:31:15.

telegram from the Queen. Well, nearly.

:31:15.:31:20.

Not Daniel Craig himself, you understand, who remains as light

:31:20.:31:24.

and sprightly as ever. On location in Istanbul for the forth coming

:31:24.:31:30.

James Bond movie. No, I'm talking about dear old 007, he made his boy

:31:30.:31:40.

in print back in 1953, the year of the Queen's coronation.

:31:40.:31:50.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr No.

:31:50.:31:54.

Whatever the fortunes of dear old Blighty, of the Foreign Office, and

:31:54.:31:59.

our true spies, at least there is one Brit who always keeps his end

:31:59.:32:05.

up, 007. The great James Bond franchise is a kind of parallel

:32:05.:32:11.

diplomatic service. Bringing James, or his doppelgangers, to places

:32:11.:32:15.

like Istanbul, recording his exploits, and then relaying them to

:32:15.:32:20.

millions of fans around the world. In fact, in his own gruff, brutal,

:32:20.:32:24.

can-do way, the James Bond of the movies and of the books, represents

:32:24.:32:30.

a kind of soft power. Wielding the soft power behind the scenes on the

:32:30.:32:34.

Bond set, is a producer who has overseen a dozen of the films now,

:32:34.:32:42.

going right back to Ki-Moon in 1979. Who -- Moonraker in 1979. Who could

:32:42.:32:46.

be more British than James Bond, is that still a flavour of the movies,

:32:46.:32:49.

or has it become so international that some of that is lost, do you

:32:49.:32:53.

think? The fact that he is British is an important part of the

:32:53.:32:56.

character, and an important part of the attraction, from around the

:32:56.:33:01.

world. He's a different kind of hero, a different class of hero

:33:01.:33:09.

than you normally get. Michael G Wilson has also given

:33:09.:33:12.

himself Hitchcock-style cameos in many of the films. See how often

:33:12.:33:22.
:33:22.:33:30.

you can spot him in these clips. Some people might say James Bond is

:33:30.:33:35.

a bit an ark nisic now, do you get that at all, that the idea of a

:33:35.:33:40.

British man going out and saving the world, or putting wrongs right

:33:40.:33:43.

is a bit outdated? Whenever the United States seems to get involved

:33:44.:33:51.

in something, the British are right there to support them. And we have,

:33:51.:33:56.

informally, spoken to various people who are part of the British

:33:56.:34:02.

SAS, and SBS, and they are still very active in the world doing

:34:02.:34:07.

things that James Bond kind of things in the world. It isn't as

:34:07.:34:12.

far fetched as you might think. We don't do historical things, we

:34:12.:34:17.

do films that are in the present time. So, yes, Bond changes,

:34:17.:34:27.
:34:27.:34:30.

culture changes, as time goes on. Country, England, gun? Shot. Agent?

:34:30.:34:34.

Provokeure. I think the James Bond narrative, first in books and now

:34:34.:34:39.

in fifpls, have functioned as a -- films, have functioned as a

:34:39.:34:43.

barometer of Britain's changing place in the world. In the 1950s,

:34:43.:34:47.

when Fleming was writing the book, it was soon after the world war,

:34:47.:34:52.

Britain could still see itself as a great power and as a nation with

:34:52.:34:55.

great leadership. Increasingly they have adopted a more critical aspect

:34:55.:34:59.

towards. That we will have a character who makes a comment to

:34:59.:35:05.

the effect of being a minor power, a nation in decline, what are you

:35:05.:35:09.

doing here. Hong Kong is our turf now Bond. Don't worry, I'm not here

:35:09.:35:16.

to take it back. But we Brits remain extraordinarily fond of Bond.

:35:16.:35:22.

His publishers, Vintage, reissuing Ian Fleming's original novels, say

:35:22.:35:28.

more than two thirds of us has seen a Bond film. Their focus groups

:35:28.:35:33.

said that Bond was an old fast,ed British hero, ingrained in British

:35:33.:35:39.

culture. That old spy, what is his secret?

:35:39.:35:46.

In search of answers, I'm attending a covert rendezvous in St James

:35:46.:35:49.

London. This is where Fleming himself is said to have overseen

:35:49.:35:56.

the mixing of the original, shaken not stirred, Vodka Martiney, which

:35:56.:36:00.

blame Bond's significant -- Manchester United teen knee, which

:36:00.:36:10.
:36:10.:36:12.

became Bond's signature tiple. When the books first came out, what

:36:12.:36:17.

do you think about them that so appealed to people, that caught the

:36:17.:36:27.

imagination? You have to remember the first book appeared in 1953,

:36:27.:36:37.
:36:37.:36:38.

rationing was still going on then. London was a city of bomb sites, we

:36:38.:36:44.

had won the war, but it probably didn't look like that. It was

:36:44.:36:48.

Fleming's fulfilment, but it became the readers of Bond, a collective

:36:48.:36:52.

wish fulfilment. He was cool, capable, and something of a dandy.

:36:52.:36:58.

He chose his clothes well. How do we think of him now, is it a

:36:58.:37:02.

nostalgic exercise? The period aspect of bond, in a way, is a

:37:02.:37:09.

strength, it seems to me. It is far more educative in a funny sort of

:37:09.:37:16.

way, or interesting, to imagine this man, on a mission, in the

:37:16.:37:21.

field. As, I assume it sort of happens nowadays. It does seem like

:37:21.:37:25.

a bygone age. He would probably be working in a call centre,

:37:25.:37:33.

monitoring all the phone calls? GCHQ, not so exciting. And Bond's

:37:33.:37:36.

successors have had the humiliating experience of making the evening

:37:37.:37:41.

news around the world with their flop. Such as this abortive

:37:41.:37:44.

incursion by British Special Forces into Libya, before the fall of

:37:44.:37:52.

Gadaffi. Can it be true, that the salville row Secret Service of --

:37:52.:37:57.

Saville Row Secret Service of James Bond is now a bit, well, pants.

:37:57.:38:00.

strongest thing we had in Britain around the world, is we were not

:38:00.:38:04.

America. If you look at the handling of the mandate, you had

:38:04.:38:10.

this sense that Britain did get out but tried to be fair with both

:38:10.:38:14.

sides. Since 9/11, the image of the British, because we have been

:38:14.:38:20.

working on the battlefield together, is that there is not a playing card

:38:20.:38:23.

worth of difference between the British secret agents and the

:38:23.:38:27.

American secret agents. At least we Brits can make-believe we are the

:38:27.:38:32.

top dogs in the Bond movies, says the rock star who wrote a song for

:38:32.:38:36.

one of them. What is brilliant about the movies, is he had feel

:38:37.:38:46.

lix, the American CIA counterpart, a -- Felix, the American CID

:38:46.:38:49.

counterpart that was second to him. It was amazing that sold to

:38:49.:38:53.

American audiences. Strangely, it seems as though Bond's world, and

:38:53.:38:58.

the one the rest of us live in, are converging. I think the more recent

:38:59.:39:03.

films, particularly the Daniel Craig films, reflect a sense of

:39:03.:39:06.

uncertainty, both about Britain's place in the world, but about who

:39:06.:39:10.

the enemy really is. We are no longer dealing with the ideolgical

:39:10.:39:17.

servant in the cold wa, we have the shadowy cartels, significantly in

:39:17.:39:20.

Casino Royal, and Quantum of Solace, we have had internal treachery

:39:20.:39:22.

within the Secret Service. That is not something we have addressed

:39:22.:39:27.

before in the Bond films. In the Cold War we were hoping never to

:39:27.:39:30.

come to blows. It was about recruiting long-term agents and

:39:30.:39:33.

gradually learning what the Russians were planning. Now we live

:39:33.:39:41.

in a world where a drone can deliver a missile, and wipe out our

:39:41.:39:48.

enemies, without any judicial process. A terrorist is identified,

:39:48.:39:52.

he becomes a legitimate target. We are approaching the Bond world,

:39:52.:39:57.

where the enemies are the black hats, and it is legitimate we can

:39:57.:40:03.

kill them. Some men are going to kill us, they are going to kill

:40:03.:40:08.

them first. Bond is oddly relevant, even after all these years. That is

:40:08.:40:15.

good news for those of us who have ever fancied stepping into his hand

:40:15.:40:19.

made brogues. Whether I would like to be James Bond is a waste of time

:40:19.:40:27.

imagining. We call would a bit? we are honest we are far too

:40:27.:40:37.
:40:37.:40:39.

cowardly and risk adverse, to be James Bond. But later, at the BBC

:40:39.:40:44.

Gun Club...How was that, I have to get the suit back to Radio 3, can

:40:44.:40:53.

we knock...yeah, thanks. The novelist and screenwriter,

:40:53.:41:02.

Anthony Horowitz's own hero, Alex Ryder, as a young Bond, and Bidisha,

:41:02.:41:09.

a writer and broadcaster, and not so enthusiastic. You hate Bond?

:41:09.:41:14.

hate vintage bond, I like the Daniel Craig remake. But the Bond

:41:14.:41:19.

myth created in the immediate post- war period, it reeks of rancid,

:41:19.:41:25.

vintage, gentleman's Cologne, and I keep imagining the old Bonds, one

:41:25.:41:30.

can never quite remember, dressed in a polyessther tuxedo, with a

:41:31.:41:40.
:41:41.:41:42.

full 70s chest wig underneath. The smug -- -- the smugness, he said

:41:42.:41:45.

the right thing at the right time. It was delivered with a smirk,

:41:45.:41:49.

knowing he would some how kill you, beat you or some how win. Even if

:41:49.:41:54.

you were a lesbian you would fall for him eventually. If you didn't

:41:54.:41:57.

fancy him you were mentally unstable. Is this a bit of

:41:57.:42:01.

Britishness at the time as well? definitely think there was a sense

:42:01.:42:05.

of imperial confidence there. That the smooth Brit has come in, he

:42:05.:42:09.

will make it all OK, because he knows it all. And what you see now

:42:09.:42:14.

is that it is much more equivocal, but that sense of arrogance sticks

:42:14.:42:21.

in the throat. What a strong reaction to such a great hero. You

:42:21.:42:25.

have to go back in time, it wasn't arrogance. In 1953, two years

:42:25.:42:30.

before I was born, I remember later in the 60s, that Britain was an

:42:30.:42:34.

austere place. Foreign travel was rarified, sex, as you know, sexual

:42:34.:42:39.

intercourse wasn't invented until 1963, out of this comes a hero that

:42:39.:42:43.

provides us with a bit of hope. Somebody who can hark back to the

:42:43.:42:48.

great years in the war. Special operations executive, naval

:42:48.:42:53.

intelligence, where Fleming had his training. In 1962, in the Olympics,

:42:53.:42:58.

we won one medal, we were loser, we needed someone to pin our hopes to.

:42:58.:43:01.

A mythical figure, to be larger than the world he found himself.

:43:01.:43:07.

Outside the snobbery and the spies, he is the bionic her ro. You don't

:43:07.:43:12.

last 50 years and sell -- hero. You don't last 50 years and sell 100

:43:12.:43:19.

million copies of books, must be doing something right. He must be?

:43:19.:43:24.

He is doing something very clever, which saeing our fantasies and

:43:24.:43:29.

desires, I -- which is answering our fantasies and desire. In an age

:43:29.:43:34.

of austerity I understand that. What is Bond providing? This is

:43:34.:43:40.

vintage Bond, it is a world where the guy has the perfect suit, the

:43:40.:43:44.

glamorous job, the perfect women, he's on the inside. He has all the

:43:44.:43:50.

gadgets, he's going from plane to train to automobile. There are no

:43:50.:43:56.

gadgets in the books. What you are doing here is confusing some of the

:43:56.:44:00.

wins-making films based on the book -- wince-making films based on the

:44:00.:44:06.

book, including the Roger Moore ones. We are talking here about a

:44:06.:44:12.

literary undertaking, and the books with their wonderful scriptive

:44:12.:44:18.

passage, the huge set pieces, are unforgettable. Is it good for

:44:18.:44:22.

Britain's image abroad, something to be proud of. First of all it

:44:22.:44:25.

sells 100 million copies, but should we be proud of it, does

:44:25.:44:31.

something touch on us? The films are American, not British. I'm

:44:32.:44:38.

delighted by their success. We can be proud of Bond in reflecting

:44:38.:44:43.

aspects of our character, in days torting mirror, positive aspects.

:44:43.:44:50.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in the Jubilee year,'s a monarchist,

:44:50.:44:55.

and patriot. Also the sense of the Americans, feel lix Lighter, on the

:44:55.:45:00.

same side, but in the shadow of Bond, since 1945, that is a

:45:00.:45:07.

surprise? You can definitely do a racial or nationalistic critque. I

:45:07.:45:12.

have a problem with the novels. I accept you have probably read them

:45:12.:45:18.

all and I haven't, you are an expert on this. What Vintage Bond

:45:18.:45:25.

was famous for was the attitude to other countries, the zenophobia,

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the orientalism. Who is the bad guy? That is the angry foreigner.

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He must be quelled, because se volatile and disruptive. You have a

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point, often it is the unpleasant Jew, there is a lot of hantity

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semitism in the books, the famous thing about with violence. This is

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not why we admire the books. have they endured? Very few

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characters have managed the cross generational success. Sherlock

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homes is the other one. Why? Because he's more, he's such a

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clever construct, the byronic hero. He is a construct, but they work

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because they keep on reinventing them. The Bond now is much more

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equivocal, self-doubting, rough and ready, and politically displaced T

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has lost some of the arrogance, the sexism and the racism that I hated.

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That is all from Newsnight, back with more good cheer tomorrow. Good

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It will be a warm night tonight in the south. But unusually cold

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across the north of Scotland. That is where we have the best of the

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early sunshine, many places will brighten up tomorrow. With a little

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bit of sunshine. On the whole there will be a lot of cloud around. Very

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few places will see any rain. For northern England it looks dry for

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the most parts. The best of the sunshine may be around coastal area.

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Any early rain around the Wash will fade away. Brighter bries in East

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Anglia. The warm weather South Wales. It will feel humid here,

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especially when the sunshine comes out. One or two showers in the

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afternoon. Through the north and the Midlands, it will feel cooler

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and fresher, fine and dry. A lot of dry weather to come across Northern

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Ireland, it may start off a bit grey, sunshine breaking through. He

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specially in Antrim and Down, and sunny spells across Scotland. A

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chilly feel, I suspect. A bit of a breeze in northern Scotland, taking

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the edge off the temperatures. We are struggling into Saturday as

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well. Sunshine in Belfast, a cooler day, Friday and Saturday than today.

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Temperatures in the south not changing a great deal. The warmest

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across southern parts of England and Wales, turning a bit cooler,

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