Cameron in the Clear

John Rentoul

dc 200x300 Cameron in the ClearAs so often, a much-anticipated Commons occasion, with Prime Minister at bay, turned out be an easy triumph for David Cameron.

The main trap for the Prime Minister was the exchange of emails between his chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn and John Yates, the ex-assistant commissioner of the Met. Cameron’s explanation of that was clear: if he had wanted Yates to discuss the phone hacking business, it might have looked as if he were trying to interfere in the police investigation.

Good enough for most people and makes more sense than the conspiracy theories which none of Cameron’s critics can explain in simple language.

Ed Miliband made a huge tactical error. He went for detailed questions about this and that, ending with a ringing demand for him to … apologise for hiring Andy Coulson. Which he all but had.

Miliband should have claimed credit for forcing the Government to set up inquiries into phone hacking, for scrapping the BSkyB bid and for getting Rebekah Brooks to resign. And then made fun of Cameron for being useless with posh friends who he thought were influential.

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  • trottitout

    What is the relevance of you asking me about Shakespeare’s clown in As You Like It? At least, I presume that is who you are referring to? Do I lack cynicism and appear slightly innocent or what? 

  • hunfred

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    yeah right…

    plausible deniability as always… ;-)


    one for one… ;-)

    but- what are you on about, Cameron was employing Andy Coulson, he had the right to know, and the police had a duty to tell him, of any impropriety Coulson was linked to…

    investigation or not…

    You are talking of a PM here, and a government… they are not supposed to employ possibly dodgy characters…

    your excuses and Llewellyn’s are pitiful and dangerous…


    Do not take much notice of Mr Rentoul, he is a  cheer-leader, apologist and vocal supporter of Mr Blair…

    It is obvious he will be awed by anything Mr (Blair Mrk 2) Cameron will say or do…


    you are looking at yourself in the mirror while you are saying that, right? :-)


    … hi how are you…

    when is our rendez-vous with Planet X (Nibiru)?

  • TarquinBroxted

    Are you a Trotskyite, Constable? I think we should be told.

  •!/profile.php?id=100000011087981 David Myers

    I watched it on iPlayer this afternoon, and I don’t see how Cameron can be judged to be “in the clear”.  Milliband did very well, and Cameron was as evasive as the man he modelled himself upon.  There are more questions to be answered and this mud has stuck to Cameron.  The only real apology he can offer up is his resignation.

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