Knighthoods are there for the taking at the moment. Mr (soon to be Sir?) Trevor Kavanagh of The Sun crowns a glorious career in the service of Her Majesty’s Government today by casually leaking The Sun’s version of the Hutton Report’s conclusion. At a stroke, the government’s message (sorry, The Sun’s message) has set the agenda. This pre-emptive strike muddies the issue (Who leaked the report? How did they get it? What action must be taken against the perpetrators?), totally biases coverage, and completely undermines any focus on the detail. It’s an utterly cynical, shameful piece of media manipulation by the government, so trebles all round for the Stormtroopers in the New Labour Communications Division.