Leaving aside the numerous and wide ranging conversations such an official must have in the course of a working day, with many influential official persons, he only reports to a select committee. Or parliamentary equivalent. Select, that is.
Presumably some subjects in committee might be considered to be Ã¢â‚¬Ëœnot in the public interestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and therefore more appropriate to be considered in camera. So compliance with new regulations, say, on MPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expenses for instance, may take a great deal of Ã¢â‚¬â„¢managingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. So the expedient short term thinking, apparently to get a serious matter resolved promptly for the good of parliamentÃ¢â‚¬Ëœs reputation, may not have been so short term after all.
Maybe it is safe to assume that the Telegraph has a back burner somewhere. And maybe Leveson will eventually usher in draconian measures to prevent similar investigative expeditions.
Even so, expenses of such modest and pecuniary awareness for such an exalted public servant are quite remarkable. Rather reminds of the practice of dragging a scent to avoid killing the fox?
My brain hurts.