S*n story a PR ‘dead cat’? Conflicts with Times and Fallon ‘not on list’

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Last night, the S*n published a story that Defence Secretary Michael Fallon had ‘felt’ the knee of journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer ‘repeatedly’. This week’s Sunday Times carried a different version of events:

stimes fallonThis raises the possibility that the S*n story is a ‘dead cat’, designed to deflect attention away from more serious infringements still.

The Sunday Times article goes on to state that ‘Downing Street is concerned that if either man is forced to resign it will destabilise the government‘. Indeed.

So the S*n story may be an attempt to drain outrage over the issue – and provide distraction while plans are made to protect the other names on the list.

To complicate matters, left-wing journalists who have seen the full ‘deeply disturbing’ list say that Fallon’s name is not even on it – the Sunday Times article simply says that he and another Cabinet minister were ‘named’ by…

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