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.