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Thursday 30 September 2010

When Leaks Are Not Leaks – 4

Liam Fox was said to be “hopping mad” over the leaking of a personal letter from him to Young Dave. He’s called in the Military Police. They’ve turned over the MoD. The hunt for the mole has been thorough. And it’s a total sham.

At least one factually correct morsel has reached the media today: that Fox and Cameron do not trust one another. Bears crap in woods, Pope Catholic. One other fact is that the leaked letter was not copied to the Rt Hon Gideon George Oliver Osborne, heir to the Seventeenth Baronet.

Which means that Fox was trying to appeal to Young Dave over the head of the Treasury. And it appears not to have worked: the letter was sent on Monday last, but in a National Security Council meeting the next day, Fox was ordered to make further cuts. Then the letter was leaked.

That timeline is entirely consistent with my conclusion yesterday that Fox, or someone on his behalf, caused the letter to make its way to the Maily Telegraph. The leak has, according to the Telegraph, got the military lined up behind Fox, and some kind of confrontation appears inevitable.

And that is why, as I’ve already concluded, Cameron has to face Fox down and sack him. Cabinet Ministers are part of the Government, not some kind of informal opposition.

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