3 March, 2011: Jeremy Hunt on his decision to approve Rupert Murdoch's takeover of BSkyB:
"I have been absolutely scrupulous in making sure that independent views were commissioned, expressed and published at every stage of this process, precisely because I wanted to reassure the public that this decision was not being taken on the basis of party interest..."
30 April, 2012: David Cameron on suggestions Hunt was in league with the Murdochs or showing them any undue bias:
"[Jeremy Hunt] acted fairly and impartially... I have seen no evidence to suggest that, in handling this issue, the Secretary of State acted at any stage in a way that was contrary to the ministerial code..."
24 May, 2012: The Guardian on new evidence emerging from the Leveson Inquiry:
"The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, wrote privately to the prime minister urging him in strong terms to back Rupert Murdoch's takeover bid for BSkyB just a month before David Cameron appointed him to take charge of the bid himself..."
That's right, today it has emerged - to the surprise of almost nobody - that Jeremy Hunt was championing Rupert Murdoch's takeover of BSkyB weeks before David Cameron handed him the opportunity to rubber stamp it on behalf of 'Team Murdoch'.