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THE indecent haste with which the PM yesterday cleared Jeremy Hunt of any wrongdoing was the arrogant exercise of power without responsibility.

Within an hour of the Culture Secretary's shaky performance at the Leveson Inquiry, David Cameron declared he would not order a probe.

But if he really believed Mr Hunt had not breached the ministerial code, he should have trusted Whitehall's independent adviser to rule on the minister and his departed aide Adam Smith.

Instead, panicking Mr Cameron set himself up as judge and jury to deliver a ludicrous not guilty verdict.

It was the act of a man running scared. All the facts point to a dodgy deal between Mr Cameron's Tory mob and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, gift-wrapping and tying a bow to Britain's most lucrative TV company in return for political patronage.

The PM's team schemed, connived and plotted to deliver BSkyB into the hands of the Australian-American until the hacking of Milly Dowler's mobile scuppered the plan.

We suspect Mr Cameron doesn't show Mr Hunt the door because the Premier's worried he might be out of it next.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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