Whatever guidelines there may be on engagement with organisations, no-one will take them seriously if the Government doesn’t do so itself.
Perhaps the answer is bound up with China – and our inability to focus on more than a single problem at once.
At the heart of the Rutnam row is its reservations not only about how the post-Brexit journey is being negotiated, but about taking it in the first place.
That newspapers may technically be open to proceedings over the Darroch cables highlights weaknesses in our legislation.
If you don’t like what the Treasury’s up to, criticise the Chancellor, who’s accountable for it – not those who work for him, who aren’t.
Even if his Celsius 7/7, with which I helped Michael Gove, is not the end of Tory inquiry into the matter, it is the right kind of contribution.
The brouhaha that disrupted Queen’s Speech Day had more to do with personality than policy – as so often is the case.