Hunt Uses News International to Bury Bad News

Continuing his quest for the title cynical political operator of the year, Hunt has used the phone-hacking scandal to bury bad news.

At 11am – literally the same moment that the CPS were announcing charges for Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson – the Culture Secretary revealed the embarrassing news that 1,200 extra troops would be called up to provide security at the Olympics following the G4S debacle:

Ah the tricks of the trade…

UPDATE: As Kevin Maguire points out, there are now more troops on the streets of London than in Afghanistan.


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