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Who might his girlfriend have given that information to? Cabinet out there in the open, on the Chequers terrace. As I observed yesterday, the security implications are potentially horrendous. Now, the Mirror has homed in on another relationship that the MoS mentioned yesterday, that of the MP and one Natalia Lokhanova.
Ms Lokhanova hails from Belarus, which Reporters Without Borders recently declared to be Europe’s worst country for press freedom. President Alexander Lukashenko has been widely criticised for his authoritarian style of Government. Ms Lokhanova’s father is said to have been a USSR military officer. As a result, the Mirror has wheeled out all those suspicions of Cold War-style espionage and targeting of older male politicians.
So it’s no surprise to see readers told “Natalia came to the UK in 2006 via Moscow from Belarus, led for 22 years by Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin … In London she lived half a mile from the Russian embassy”. This merely adds to the MoS revelations to give the impression of carelessness on security matters.
How does the Super Soaraway Currant Bun respond to that? “Whit’s not over: Top Tories back Brexit John over Boobie Twin lover Stephanie” tells you that they are throwing their weight behind keeping Whittingdale in post. But what they pony up in support is not reassuring: “Downing Street leapt to his defence, saying no confidential documents were known to be seen by Ms Hudson”. That means they don’t know.
There is also a smattering of forthright dishonesty: “The revelations come days after the BBC revealed his former relationship”. That had been revealed by Byline and the Eye. Why might the Sun be frightened of dissing the Eye? And the only Tory, top or otherwise, named in the article is Bernard Jenkin, whose key attack line is to shout “look over there at John Prescott”. Oh, and it’s probably because he’s against Britain’s EU membership.
The security worries will not help Whittingdale. But thus far Young Dave has been weak on turfing out those deserving of it, as witness Liam Fox only going when the Guardian exposed his misbehaviour. But the stories will keep on coming. Cameron has to ask himself one question: does he feel lucky? Well, do you, Dave?