Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and First Minister Alex Salmond are to be quizzed about their relationships with the Murdoch empire at the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking next week.
Jeremy Hunt backed Rupert Murdoch's controversial BSkyB bid in a memo to David Cameron just weeks before he was put in charge of the deal, it emerged yesterday.
Labour has called for Alex Salmond's senior adviser to join him in giving evidence under oath to the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics.
Scotland's Deputy First Minister has said there was "emphatically and unequivocally" no link between Alex Salmond's discussions with News Corporation over proposals to take over BSkyB, and the Scottish Sun newspaper's decision to back the SNP.
Given the trouble they cause, you might wonder why senior politicians bother employing special advisers, or "spads" to use the shorthand.