Editorial: Greer left in limbo by Downey

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.

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



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