» Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Asked in light of the Law Lords decision today had the Government decided to side with the Saudi government against British citizens, the PMOS said that if the journalist listened to what the Prime Minister had said, he had said precisely that we were not taking a position. Rather, we were defending British national interest, which was to defend the principle of sovereignty. The PMOS said that people could not take a neutral position on their own national sovereignty; people either surrendered it, or they defended it. Put that it was not the national sovereignty, the PMOS said that in terms of the legal implication, it was.

Asked if any of the principles of sovereignty could apply to General Pinochet, the PMOS said that he was quite happy to deal with one case at a time, rather than giving a running commentary in a case that was quite some time ago before he became PMOS. Which was another way of saying to Channel Four to shut up and don’t ask silly questions!

Briefing took place at 16:00 | Search for related news


  1. Doesn’t sound like a silly question to me – probably a very embarrassing one to answer though.

    Why should the PMOS be able to duck answering legitimate questions?

    Maybe this needs CH4 to ask the same question under the FoI Act, and then run a documentary including the PMOS in the story-line:))

    Comment by Roger Huffadine — 15 Jun 2006 on 5:22 pm | Link
  2. Usual garbage and unprofessional response from the PMOS. These people are pretty poor at their job. About time they got some professional help, I think.

    Comment by Chuck Unsworth — 16 Jun 2006 on 8:14 pm | Link

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Post a public comment

(You must give an email address, but it will not be displayed to the public.)
(You may give your website, and it will be displayed to the public.)


This is not a way of contacting the Prime Minister. If you would like to contact the Prime Minister, go to the 10 Downing Street official site.

Privacy note: Shortly after posting, your name and comment will be displayed on the site. This means that people searching for your name on the Internet will be able to find and read your comment.

Downing Street Says...

The unofficial site which lets you comment on the UK Prime Minister's official briefings. About us...


June 2006
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
« May   Jul »

Supported by


Disruptive Proactivity

Recent Briefings



Syndicate (RSS/XML)



Contact Sam Smith.

This site is powered by WordPress. Theme by Jag Singh