Interesting to see indefatigable John Ward is serving ordure réchauffé at The Slog:
The story so far: we know that the Groucho Club run by JHJ Lewis indulged in unregulated surveillance. We know that a website using the same domain and name as The Groucho was an active paedophile linking forum for at least a year. We know that Mr Lewis has donated a probable six-figure sum over time to the new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. We know that Lewis gave Hunt £4000 to visit New York, where he hob-knobbed with the Murdoch media elite. We know that ten days later, James Murdoch met David Cameron and confirmed that the Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper would support the Conservative Party in the forthcoming election. And we know that Lewis was in charge of a major Tory paper on UK Tourism, one in which the Prime Minister took a keen personal interest. Today, in Episode Three of the Hunt-Groucho Saga, The Slog discusses what the chances are of these being significant, or simply coincidental, connections.
The listing of Jeremy Hunt’s bungs is interesting, in itself. As for the spicier stuff, one can only wish Ward luck. What London, Britain and — indeed — our position in the World needs at this time is something seriously to tut-tut over.
- And we haven’t had anything scrumptiously salacious since the Sainted Diana met Pillar Thirteen and her eternal rest.
- And it’s that old saw about all the best Labour scandals being about money, but all the best Tory ones being about sex.
But if Ward has got anything here, it’d out-Profumo the lot. Just what Britain’s reputation needs.
As for that Lewis was in charge of a major Tory paper on UK Tourism, one in which the Prime Minister took a keen personal interest thing, it relates in part to:
… a Tory taskforce invited to produce a special report, UK Tourism in a Competitive World, which could form a blueprint for the Conservatives’ approach to business tourism.
The brief from taskforce chairman JHJ Lewis was to “find a recipe that unleashes the vibrancy of our historic cities and market towns that preserves our magnificent heritage, that celebrates our rolling countryside and revives our coastal resorts – not for the ephemera of yesterday’s memories but for the hard cash of tomorrow’s economy”.
Though, the short and snappy comment by “Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ Magazine”, as here, might have some passing relevance.
We have to draw (ahem!) lines somewhere.