It’s a simple enough question – but providing a satisfactory answer proved impossible.
How on earth could Jeremy Hunt be expected to give an ‘impartial’ decision on Rupert Murdoch’s bid to takeover BSkyB, when he had publicly admitted being ‘broadly sympathetic’ to it?
That was the issue at the heart of the Culture Secretary’s performance before the Leveson Inquiry – and no amount of umming and erring could mask his discomfort.
If David Cameron knew of Hunt’s views when he gave him responsibility for making this crucial decision, he was being at best disingenuous.
If he didn’t know what Hunt thought, then he was simply incompetent. There’s no easy way out of this one for the Prime Minister.