Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hunting the Fox

In the current blitz of publicity I am not sure I should say that I have met Adam Werritty a few times, and the Defence Secretary a few less, usually on pleasantly social terms.


The stories that the press are running today bear no resemblance to anything that I could recognize.


They are certainly not gay- so far as I can tell- and I think the innuendo is childish and rather unpleasant.    


Neither are they crooks. Adam Werritty is not some Svengali making millions out of his connections: far from it. It seems to me that out of principle, he refused to go on the government payroll as a special adviser, even though, for several years (as the world now knows) Adam was Liam Fox's SpAd. So, Defence contractors spoke to Adam Werrity? He is the Defence minister's closest adviser.


Is that what people hate? That Mr. Werritty would not sign up for the SpAd junketing? 


I can see that they should have signed up for more government oversight, but this press witch hunt is just plain nasty.


At the risk of seeming naive, I do not understand this storm of vague innuendo and misrepresentation. In fact it shows the press in one of their worst moods. If I was Liam Fox I would demonstrate the Boris Johnson approach:


Show no fear, and tell them to go to hell.


Of course Boris is usually guilty. Ironically I don't think Liam Fox or Adam Werritty are actually guilty of anything at all.


As for the story planted by "friends of Dr. Fox" - namely the whips office- that Adam is a "Walter Mittty" character: that, truly, is beneath contempt.

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