As backbenchers apparently gang up on Maria Miller, she’s seen Conservative and Lib Dem colleagues trying to defend her – and dampen down Esther McVey’s comments – on the airwaves this morning. Boris Johnson told the Today programme that he felt Miller was being hounded (although he didn’t give a view on whether she should go):
‘I don’t know the facts of the case in great detail, but it seems to me she is being hounded quite a lot and my natural sympathies go out to people in hounded situations – how about that. I feel, there she is, she’s being hounded, I think what you need is [to] sort it out by having a proper independent system of evaluating what is owed and you cannot let the MPs do it themselves. Nemo iudex in causa sua is our motto.’
This sense that the media are feasting on Miller will be one of the factors increasing David Cameron’s desire to wait for this to calm down, as he hopes it will do by the Easter recess. He may not wish to axe a Cabinet Minister at the height of a feeding frenzy, but what happens in the summer reshuffle is another matter.