Is the Official Conservative Party at Number Ten Downing Street using a Nazi style of dealing with the mass media? Craig Oliver should be called to account and investigated to know if he was acting following orders given by Prime Minister David Cameron or if he was acting on somebody else's behalf when he apparently tried to intimidate the Daily Telegraph.
This is the article as published by the Daily Telegraph:
How No 10 warned off the Telegraph
David Cameron’s communications chief warned The Daily Telegraph that the Culture Secretary Maria Miller was “looking at Leveson” after this newspaper started to ask questions about her expenses claims.Craig Oliver indicated that the article may be poorly timed as “she [Maria Miller] is looking at Leveson at the moment.”
The Daily Telegraph today discloses that Mrs Miller is facing new questions over her expense claims after it emerged that she rented a home from a major Conservative donor and property developer in a private deal that has not been declared to Whitehall officials.
The property was declared as her “main home” to the parliamentary authorities, an arrangement which allowed her to claim the costs from the taxpayer for another property that she owned.
On Wednesday, this newspaper’s scrutiny of Mrs Miller’s expenses claims was at the centre of a government row over the regulation of the press following the Leveson Report.
Mr Oliver pointed out Mrs Miller’s central role in drawing up the new press rules during a conversation with The Daily Telegraph’s editor Tony Gallagher last Friday about the newspaper’s investigation into the minister. The communications chief denies that the reference was a threat or warning.