The story of the Cabinet Minister hiding behind a tree

Well, it’s hardly been what you’d call a slow news week, has it?

In case you are frazzled by the ever changing headlines, I thought I’d bring one of the more bizarre Jeremy Hunt related stories to your attention.

Iain Martin in the Telegraph writes about the night in May 2010, the second week of the Coalition, when he went to attend a lecture given by James Murdoch.

The events he describes are farcical and are if you feel in need of a break, go and get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit and simply enjoy the story.

A little taster?

It was then, as I stood on the steps with my Blackberry, that I spotted the then new Secretary of State for Culture Jeremy Hunt in the middle distance, walking across the square. He was walking fast and was glued to his mobile phone. He was heading in my direction, towards the Murdoch drinks party. I don’t know whether he saw me, or if something else diverted him, but he suddenly changed direction and darted to the side of the square and over towards a large tree.

Much as I’m tempted to turn that into the literary equivalent of a caption competition to see who can give us the best end to that story (although if you want to take the challenge, feel free), I can only recommend you go and find out for yourselves here how the real life events conclude.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • “…a squirrel had caught his eye. It was the largest one he had ever seen, almost the size of a small cat. Really, a squirrel that big, the Culture Secretary mused, what a marvel, what a source of wonderment. Never mind the affairs of state, filling his mind with schedules, plans, operations documents and Outlook requests. Forget the accroutrements of the State, the Blackberry, the red leather box, the chauffeur driven Jaguar. Here lay true wonder, with a big squirrel, running into the sheltering embrace of a sycamore tree.”

  • Keith Browning 26th Apr '12 - 4:04pm

    ‘I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it, you can’t prove anything’ Bart Simpson (potential Cabinet Minister)

  • “Really, a squirrel that big, the Culture Secretary mused, what a marvel, what a source of wonderment.”

    Tragically, the big ‘squirrel’ was really an undercover reporter from the Daily Telegraph …

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