Were there brown envelopes stuffed with fivers? Is the Guardian on a
subversive vendetta? Did Neil Hamilton eat that biscuit? The longer the
‘cash for questions’ affair grinds on, the more opaque it all becomes.
Another ‘fact’ becoming ever more unclear is how much business Ian Greer
Associates has really lost out on since the Guardian published its first
allegations two years ago.
Greer, you recall, was originally suing the Guardian for pounds 10
million, to cover the loss of business, a sum that was reduced to pounds
2.5 million the week before the libel case was finally abandoned.
Yet, just over a year ago, in an interview in the Public Affairs
Newsletter, Greer seemed strangely upbeat for a man so out of pocket:
‘We actually have only lost two clients. Ninety-eight per cent of our
clients stayed with us, most of those clients being blue chip clients,’
he is quoted as saying.
‘Not only are we now receiving new business calls but we are actively
recruiting new staff in both London and Brussels to meet these