Hutton - a wise old bird?
Here's a suggestion I heard last night.
Hutton is not a government toady as it appears. If he had given Tony a light slapping for being a bit sparing of Actualité then Tony could have said "sorry" and "we can all move on". If he had been harsh with the Government than he would have overstepped his constitutional position by effectively making a Prime Minister resign But because he painted Tony as whiter than white no one believes the report (that I can see) and so without saying a word he has got his message across.
As in the classic "Friends, Romans,. countrymen, lend me your ears;. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him... there are more ways than one to skin a cat.