Before I start, let me declare an interest. I know David Puttnam and I like him. But I am bemused by his staunch defence of Ruth Turner, Tony Blair's Director of Government Relations (she's not an 'aide' and the BBC keep calling her - she's pretty damn high up in the Downing Street hierarchy). I know Ruth Turner used to work for Puttnam and he thinks very highly of her, but by touring the TV studios yesterday defending her honour he has effectively ruled himself out of becoming Chairman of the new BBC Trust, a post for which he is ideally suited IMHO and was seen as the front runner.
Defending the honour of your friend is a laudable thing to do, but commenting on a police inquiry and effectively making a party political point is not the best strategy if you want to head up a supposedly impartial body like the BBC Trust. In today's Observer Puttnam goes one stage further and says: "It could affect the outcome of the next election,' says Puttnam. 'And there's another factor - who is going to repair the damage to Ruth? Apologies are no good."
It seems the good Lord has become an unguided missile. Unguided missiles can be very dangerous, particularly when they have been primed. Downing Street take note. I think this is a space which needs to be watched.