However scathing your opinion of Neil Hamilton, it is hard not to
feel a twinge of sadness for Ian Greer now that Sir Gordon Downey has
finally delivered his verdict.
It would be difficult to argue that the report conclusively restores the
lobbyist’s reputation. Greer’s name is inextricably linked with this whole
saga, and the report is riddled with references to his role. At best
Downey has left him in limbo. But the report signally failed to find him
guilty of paying MPs to ask Parliamentary questions - the most damaging
charge made against the lobbyist.
Unfortunately for Greer, whose business has been destroyed by this affair,
the circus has now moved on. The media were always far more interested in
bringing the MPs to book than in hunting down a lobbyist. Now they have
been delivered Hamilton’s head on a plate, Greer is a forgotten sideshow