News this morning that Adam Smith, the special advisor at the centre of Huntgate (watch your spoonerisms there), will be appearing at the Leveson Inquiry next Thursday afternoon. He will take the stand immediately after News Corporation Europe’s former public affairs boss Frederic Michel, whose communications with Jeremy Hunt’s office hold the key to the cabinet minister’s future.

The week promises to provide legion column inches, with Peter Mandelson (Monday), Tom Watson (Tuesday) and Jeremy Paxman (Wednesday) also appearing.

The Leveson Inquiry was set up pursuant to the Inquiries Act 2005. Falling on a sword to save your minister is one thing — perjury under oath is quite another.

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