Asked if the Prime Minister was glad that John Prescott had finally seen the light on education reforms, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) complimented the journalist on her objective and neutral phrasing of the question. He said that the best thing would be to wait for the Deputy Prime Minister to deliver the speech and let the speech speak for itself.
Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about the recent protests by people concerned about the printing of satirical cartoons featuring Islamic iconography, the PMOS said that as he had said yesterday, it was a decision for media organisations to take, within the law, and bearing in mind the sensitivities involved. It was right that media organisations took that decision responsibly. It was not something that the Government should get involved in or lay down its view on.
Asked if the Prime Minister recognised the account by Phillipe Sands concerning a meeting between the Prime Minister and President Bush prior to the war in Iraq, the PMOS said that Phillipe Sands had had enough publicity elsewhere for the various editions of his book. He had no intention of adding to what we said last night.
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