The spectre of the unbelievable denial haunted the second term of Bill Clinton. His statement “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” did little to kill the story and in many ways poured petrol onto a raging inferno.
Scroll forward to this weekend and watch/listen to PR PM Cameron repeating his ‘red herring...he has not intervened’ line to deny being lobbied by the ‘lizard of oz’ Lynton Crosby, to account for the volte face performed by the Tories over fracking, fags and cheap booze. The use of ‘intervened’ is very carefully chosen but leaves sceptics with more ammunition.
Clearly uncomfortable, despite rigorous coaching in how to tackle the question, PR Dave comes across as a man with something to hide. Which he has.
It has emerged today that Crosby was also involved in working for private health companies and his presence at number 10 coincided with the introduction of clauses into the NHS Bill to allow private medicine into future commissioning.
There really ought to be a large ‘For Sale’ sign outside Number 10 Downing Street.