Magazine article The Spectator

Questions of Character

Magazine article The Spectator

Questions of Character

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Sir: What a pity that Martin Rowson did not do his homework before embarking on his interview with the Hamiltons ('I love Christine Hamilton', 12 July). His reference to Martins Bell's decision to stand as an 'anti-sleaze' candidate at the Tatton election in 1997 rather ignores the fact that Bell, far from being the 'man in the white suit', was recruited by Alastair Campbell and the Labour party acting in collusion with the Liberal Democrats after Campbell's first choice had turned him down. Bell was coached and advised by Campbell throughout what was a brilliantly executed if unscrupulous media stunt -- read Campbell's diaries for the details.

It has been claimed that the 'sleaze' campaign presented Tony Blair with an additional 80 seats.

As to the wider question behind the 'Cash for Questions' scandal, Rowson should have read Jonathan Boyd Hunt's Trial by Conspiracy. There he would have found a mass of evidence which denies the alleged guilt of Hamilton.

Amidst all the evidence -- the Downey Report and the transcripts of several trials -- one single fact stands out. …

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