Liam Fox this morning sought to kill off an uncomfortable story by asking his permanent secretary to investigate whether he has breached the ministerial code over his dealings with his friend Adam Werrity.
The defence secretary is under pressure over the fact that Mr Werrity – best man at his wedding – was handing out cards calling himself “adviser” to Mr Fox, arranging meetings and attending sensitive events.
The minister hardly closed down the story during his appearance on BBC Breakfast this morning, repeating the same answer again and again. He then pulled out of an interview on the Today programme, according to James Forsyth at the Spectator Coffeehouse blog.
For those wanting to see the business card – here it is.