That supposedly reputable journalist has been Spectator editor Fraser Nelson, who shamelessly used his free ride on The Andy Marr Show (tm) last Sunday - fellow newspaper reviewer Tina Brown contrived to be rather more than fashionably late - to position himself as some kind of disinterested and reasonable observer, while he is anything but. Nelson is, as ever, joined at the hip to the rest of the right-wing press.
Going from straightforward spin ...
So they would not have been surprised when Nelson got his gofer Sebastian Payne to pen “The hardest word: Tom Watson still won’t apologise for smearing Leon Brittan”, going on to tell “Tom Watson, Labour’s embattled deputy leader, delivered a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon on accusations about the former home secretary Leon Brittan - which proved to be baseless”. Watson is far from “embattled”, but hey ho.
... to flagrant dishonesty
Watson did not make accusations, but put on record that they had been made by others (something with which all too many self-appointed experts on this matter are having considerable difficulty). And the “paedophile network linked to No 10” has nothing to do with Leon Brittan being declared innocent of a totally unrelated matter.