In response to Kathy Gyngell: TCW’s Summer Reads: The strange death of Dr David Kelly, Malcolm wrote:

There used to be a convention of sorts that, much like Caesar’s wife, politics should not just be above reproach but seen to be so. It seems today that this has not just been abandoned but actively reversed. I have no idea where the truth lies in this tragic case, but the facts in the public domain simply don’t add up; there seems to have been a deliberate and unhealthy rush to cover up any clarity and that has, inevitably, given rise to all manner of conspiracy theories. Something smells, and the more politicians and other public servants hide behind the excuse of ‘national security’ in cases like this the more suspicion is created. At a time when the stock of the political class has never been lower, the last thing that they should really want is to be accused of covering up the circumstances surrounding the death of a respected public servant, and yet it is apparent that they just don’t care. That is unhealthy and worrying in equal measure.