The Government is being foolhardy in dumping on Fred Michel to save Jeremy Hunt – Telegraph Blogs
But Michel is being portrayed as an over-excited office boy from some random lobbying firm, desperate to impress his clients. Anyone who knows him (and I know Fred Michel) knows that this is utter garbage. He is a News International employee, and, as The Guardian says, “one of the Murdoch empire\\\\\\\’s most trusted envoys”. He is now the company\\\\\\\’s senior vice-president of government affairs and public policy for Europe. Before that he was director of public affairs, which means it was his job to be the company\\\\\\\’s eyes and ears in the upper reaches of the British political class. He had excellent access to the Brown No 10. His inclinations are at root New Labour, but he was pivotal in helping manage News International\\\\\\\’s relations with the Tory leadership and its main operatives, such as Andy Coulson, both when the party was preparing for power and after the formation of the coalition.