Ah, right: we have a money trail:
A wealthy backer of Liam Fox has told the BBC he and several others raised funds to pay for Adam Werritty to act as the defence secretary's adviser.
The donor - who wants to remain anonymous - told BBC political editor Nick Robinson that the group shared Mr Fox's ideological leanings.
...The BBC's Nick Robinson says the wealthy backers who paid Mr Werritty an annual retainer did so because they saw him as someone who, unlike civil servants, could be relied on to champion support for Eurosceptic, pro-American and pro-Israeli policies.
The fellow says he was renting Fox’s politics at arms length, not his defence procurement decisions. I suppose there’s no reason to doubt him, based on what we currently know. After all, rent the Defence Secretary and by extension you rent the British armed forces, which must on its own strength be an appealing proposition if you happen to be rich and rightwing. At any rate, this is an obvious sacking offence: it undermines the whole idea of accountable, civilian control of the military.
The classic pattern in these things, at least as I understand it from the States, is that the lobbyist friend-of-the-politician not only gets paid but within that payment is a sum held for the politician to be gifted to him or her later by the lobbyist through some business arrangement between them. Of course, Werrity may simply have glommed onto a wingnut welfare scam whereby he extracts money from the righteous to “keep an eye” on our Liam, now that he’s spending so much time in enemy territory. And he’s certainly been keeping an eye on him. What would it take to look at the contents of his bank account?
I see the gay thing has finally gone into the wild. Frankly, I’m a bit resistant to the idea that the evident oddness of their relationship should alone be taken as evidence for this. I’m going with an abusive friendship theory; psychological dependence on Fox’s part, exploitation and a degree of contempt (that business card!) from Werrity. And yet...I compared it to J Edgar and Clyde on twitter a few days ago. Now it sometimes seems more like an update of The Servant, with Werrity in the Dirk Bogarde role.