Why is the mysterious journalist who holds seemingly such a star role in the sacked defence minister scandal never invited onto the stage?
|Charming internationals ... Say what Madam likes, the fired defence minister seems to have been a popular Brit, as this shot of him meeting up with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in November 2017 suggests. Thanks to Wikipedia:Wikipedia|
We’ve been hearing how the guilty/not guilty politician (perhaps it’s ex-politician) Mr Williamson strenuously denies being the source of the leak.
We haven’t heard the voice of the, er, lady PM talk about her angry sacking of the fellow, but her Downing Street heavies have certainly been adding to the cacophony.
We, the suffering public, have been told that following an inquiry into the leak which gave the Daily Telegraph its hottest edition for a long time, the Defence Minister was dumped by an irate Madam PM.
Someone, we learn, told the Daily Telegraph of the support of Madam herself for the Chinese company Huawei’s involvement with UK's 5G network. A sort of enquiry followed which reckoned that Williamson was the informant. He doesn’t hold his hand up to that, quite the reverse, and her ladyship, probably still quite hoarse from the unending debates over brexit, dashed off a vitriolic letter.
Downing Street reckons that’s all there is to say: Subject closed.
Oh, that sacred word
Only, isn’t there a witness who might offer an opinion?
I gave up my senior journalist role in favour of a professional life afloat, and that an awful lot of sea miles ago. However, I will never forget the haranguing a number of we new junior reporters endured over the sacred word, confidence.
We must never, never divulge our sources was the rant of the paper’s MD. However, I recall no addendum that stopped a journalist from denying falsely blamed sources.
Surely, the Telegraph reporter has only to be asked: Did Williamson, defence secretary since 2017, spill the beans from the National Security Council?
Of course, had someone simply wanted to get rid of the rather dishy Mr W for seemingly seeking the PM’s seat, in a manner of speaking, then a balanced inquiry may not help.
Considering that a member of the government is paid regularly by the Telegraph for his reports, it is singularly odd that his name has never entered the debate.
Maybe it’s not because he didn’t get an invite to the meeting, but because he has the ear of so many who were...