Thursday 31 May 2012 by Spacey

I thought Quasi-Judicial was something to do with the Hunchback of Notre Dame, reveals Jeremy Hunt


Speaking at the Leveson Inquiry, Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed that he thought that Quasi-Judicial was a reference to a character from Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Mr Hunt, who is the sole witness on what is expected to be a key day of evidence, said that he had been confused as to why a fictional character would hold any relevance to his role of overseeing News Corp’s takeover of BSkyB.

But as his role was to make sure it went through he chose to ignore it.

“Initially I thought that having Quasi-Judicial powers would give me bell-ringing skills, but I failed to see how this would help in any way,” he revealed.

“Maybe as some sort of distraction, but I’m not sure under what circumstances.”

Hunt at Leveson

Mr Hunt also revealed that he had struggled to comprehend the meaning of a number of keywords that were considered crucial in his role.

When asked by Robert Jay QC what his understanding of the words ‘impartial’ and ‘unbiased’ are, Mr Hunt replied, “Isn’t that second one an American cop show?”

Jay went on to check Mr Hunt’s grasp of the word ‘plurality’, to which he responded, “I know this one, is it an album by The Police?”

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