So triumphant Tone is on a roll. It looks as if Hutton has given him a frightening faith in the mighty power of the God of Independent Enquiry. But be warned: perhaps this false idol will be a propaganda twist too far. The pre-emptive groundwork is underway, with the “we needed to get rid of him anyway” defence featuring with increasing regularity on the government communications agenda. And of course, there is the chance that Alistair Campbell will discover a pressing need to spend less time with his family, and we will see the faithful Rottweiler return to the side of his master, to snarl and snap at anyone who dares to pose any difficult questions.