I've just pre-recorded a piece for THE WORLD AT ONE on how blogs break news. They seemed to be tieing it to the Guardian's Cash for Honours story, which I thought a little odd, apart from one thing. Several blogs have now been proven to have acted far more responsibly than The Guardian, which has published a story which could materially prejudice the Police Inquiry. I hope it doesn't, but it could. So The Guardian, whether knowingly or not, has done Downing Street's dirty work for it. Well done Patrick Wintour and Alan Rusbridger. I hope you can look yourselves in the mirror.
This morning, the PM's official spokesman seemed to have changed his tune on whether Downing Street had any hand in the leaking of the document. An outright denial yesterday turned into a 'no comment' today. If indeed it was leaked from Number Ten, then surely that deed in itself is something designed to pervert the course of justice.
The Daily Telegraph tells us that the document contained in an email on Ruth Turner's computer was never actually sent. How would they know that if someone inside Number Ten hadn't told them. But the allegations about Lord Levy stand, whether the email document was sent or not. The only thing which hasn't leaked is the content of the document. Only a lawyer can judge whether a leak of that information is prejudicial to a trial. If the answer is 'yes' we then know why it was leaked to the BBC and in whose interest it was. The job of the Police must now be to identify the 'leaker'. Whoever it is will surely be having some sleepless nights.
But doesn't this whole story illustrate just how rotten to the core this sleazy administration is?