See us or else: “Veiled threat” from NewsCorp to Ed Vaizey

 “I would recommend, before things get a little tricky internally, that he sees me for 30 minutes in the coming weeks so that at least there has been some engagement ….”

FM6 = Evidence to Leveson Enquiry  24th May Exhibit FM6

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Exhibit-FM6.pdf   (16.9Mb)

FM6 p225 Email to Adam Smith from Frederic Michel

To: adamsmith[]

From: Michel, Frederic

Sent: Tue 07/06/2011 4:20:08 PM

Subject: Ed Vaizey

You should know I have now asked his office [ Craig] why News Corp. has been unable to meet with Ed since the general election.

Prior to the election ,Ed met with us many times…

Given the amount of issues we are working on and contributing to [ from IP review to the Open Letter to Local TV to DEA to…etc], we can’t understand a valid reason for him to refuse any meeting…

I would recommend, before things get a little tricky internally, that he sees me for 30 minutes in the coming weeks so that at least there has been some engagement ….

Fred

FM6 p226 reply to Michel from Adam Smith

To: Michel, Frederic[fmichel@

From: Adam Smith

Sent: Tue 07/06/2011 4:23:57 PM

Subject: Re: Ed Vaizey

I would think its obvious why he hasn’t met News Corp. The same reason Jeremy isn’t coming to the summer party.

On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 5:20 PM, Michel, Fredelic <fmichel@ } wrote:

You should know I have now asked his office [ Craig] why News Corp. has been unable to meet with Ed since the general election.

Prior to the election ,Ed met with us many times…

Given the amount of issues we are working on and contributing to [ from IP review to the  Open Letter to Local TV to DEA to…etc], we can’t understand a

valid reason for him to refuse any meeting…

I would recommend, before things get a little tricky internally, that he sees me for 30 minutes in the coming weeks so that at least there has been some engagement ….

Fred

“I would think its obvious why he hasn’t met News Corp. The same reason Jeremy isn’t coming to the summer party.” Ooh, are the kids getting a bit too excited at Rupert Bear’s picnic?

Hmm. Frederic Michel is telling Adam Smith, special adviser to Jeremy Hunt, that News Corp are not happy bunnies that  Ed Vaizey won’t play with them. But getting Vaizey to co-operate would be above  AS’s  paygrade. So, the point of the email was – let your boss know and get him to sort this with Vaizey pronto.  But if the true target of the email was Jeremy Hunt then the implied threat is that if JH doesn’t sort it then sh**t will descend from even higher up to make things “a bit tricky internally” .

Question: Who is higher up than JH and  why should AS/JH believe that it was a credible threat??  

However,  the tone of AS’s  reply shows that by June 2011 links to News Corp were becoming so toxic at all levels of Government  that the threat is a bluff  which is  called. 

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