What The Papers Say: Downey - out for Hamilton and friends

Neil Hamilton, the Tory who put the final nail in the election defeat, dominated coverage of the Downey Report. But he was supported by a cast of ex-MPs all found guilty of varying degrees of financial sleaze. And Mohamed al Fayed, the Harrods boss who caused the house of cards to fall has, according to the Independent on Sunday further allegations to make.

Neil Hamilton, the Tory who put the final nail in the election

defeat, dominated coverage of the Downey Report. But he was supported by a

cast of ex-MPs all found guilty of varying degrees of financial sleaze.

And Mohamed al Fayed, the Harrods boss who caused the house of cards to

fall has, according to the Independent on Sunday further allegations to

make.



Lobbyist Ian Greer played an important cameo role, but in historical terms

is no more than a footnote in the affair. His clients’ reputations, in the

main, remained intact, but the dapper man failed to protect his own.

Former IGA director, Baroness Turner of Camden, wrote in his defence that

Downey exonerated him of paying Hamilton ’cash for questions’. The Times

pointed out that it was in fact paintings and furniture worth pounds

10,000.



The Independent called them ’small lies; small kick-backs; small

people’.



The casting director was Hamilton’s wife Christine, who introduced her

husband to Greer, Sir Michael Grylls and Michael Brown.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International.



Cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers

Say’ can also be found at: http//www.carma.com/carma.



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