(c) Steve Bell 2016
The allusion to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion - a fabricated anti-Semitic text - is more than pejorative. It tells of Aaronovitch’s sneering disdain for campaigning group Hacked Off, those at Byline Media, and all who have run with the Whittingdale story. But there is one slight problem with his swaggering braggadocio: he is plain flat wrong.which brings us to the Ministerial Code, issued by the Cabinet Office in October 2015, and with a foreword by Young Dave himself. In Section 1, Ministers Of The Crown, we find Paragraph 1.2 f, which reads simply: “Ministers must ensure that no conflict arises, or appears to arise, between their public duties and their private interests”.
“Appears to arise”. In other words, Maria Eagle was spot on: perceptions do matter, and they are considered important enough to be enshrined in the Ministerial Code. But David Aaronovitch was just too important to bother looking before going in feet first on those who he deemed less worthy of attention than Himself. Philip Collins and Camilla Long also failed to look before giving their gushing endorsements.
David Aaronovitch, here’s your arse on a plate. Mind the door doesn’t hit you on the way out.