» Monday, September 6, 2004


Asked if there was a ‘spare Cabinet pay packet’ available in the light of reports over the weekend and today, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) welcomed journalists back to a new school term but said that his position on responding to reshuffle questions had not changed over the summer recess. Asked if the Prime Minister was planning to make any changes to his Government today, the PMOS reiterated that he had absolutely no intention of responding to reshuffle questions, no matter how well (or badly) they were disguised.

Asked why the Prime Minister was so cross with the Foreign Secretary, as reports today had suggested, the PMOS said the Prime Minister believed that Mr Straw was an excellent Foreign Secretary with whom he had worked very closely in the run up to – and the achievement of – the European Constitution. Asked to explain today’s Telegraph claims, the PMOS said that he wasn’t a spokesman for the paper. Put to him that he was a spokesman for the Government, the PMOS acknowledged that was the case, but pointed out that if he were to give a running commentary on every single report that appeared in the media, he would be here all day.

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