Could there be a better time for Jeremy Hunt to quit than the day after his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday? With Britain scheduled to spend a four-day bank holiday weekend distracted by Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this timing could do much to soften the blow to David Cameron.

This theory has been gaining currency in Westminster circles since the evasive testimony of his former special adviser last Thursday. Such a move would mirror the fate of Liam Fox, who attempted to leave the media flat-footed by quitting as defence secretary at 4:10pm on a Friday.

Meanwhile, the expenses scandal which engulfed Sayeeda Warsi this weekend raises the delicious prospect of a double sacking. Liberal Democrat backbencher Bob Russell is already banging the drum for a police investigation:

“There are similarities [to the Lord Hanningfield case],” he said. “I think there’s a prima facie case for this to be looked at by the police.”

You’re in trouble when a convicted fraudster is defending you.

  1. It seems to me that if someone takes expenses to the value of £2000 for accommodation that they are not using, there is a case in law to answer. Just because the person who is alleged to have done it is a woman, a Muslim, a northerner, and a member of the aristocracy, doesn’t make the £2000 any less.

    As for the double sacking, I can’t see it. Hunt is unlikely to go, surely, a just a few weeks before the Olympics, for which his department has overall responsibility, and Warsi will claim she has done no wrong and there should be a full investigation into the claims.

    It might be nice if they went, but I prefer to see Cameron struggle on with them, getting deeper and deeper in the whatsit, and all this only 2 years into his festering mess of governance.

    People “born to be prime minister” in the 1800s might have been all right, but it just doesn’t work in the 2000s, and what a joy to watch it unravel.

  2. For all of Cameron’s numerous failings, I don’t think even he would make the mistake of even the tiniest of reshuffle a day before the Jubilee celebrations. Anything that takes the focus away from the Jubilee and Her Maj can only damage the coalition’s already frail relationship with ‘the establishment’ and would alienate vast swathes of the population.

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