Beleaguered: word of the day?

Martin Kettle, in his article earlier today argued “if Darling’s own story[on his expenses] is the true one, then on what basis can the chancellor properly be regarded as beleaguered?

It was quite clear throughout the article that Kettle disapproves of the word “beleaguered” to refer to Darling’s situation, and Kettle himself poured scorn on the London Evening Standard for qualifying it.

But 4 hours later Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt used it themselves in their update of the proceedings, in the Guardian. 

To those who have read Kettle’s article, should this clarify things for him?