» Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Asked if the Prime Minister was taking any novelists on his trip to Washington, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that he did not brief on what other media organisations were doing, any more than he briefed on what any other journalists was asking. Asked who Martin Amis was writing for, the PMOS replied that this was the ultimate process question. The journalist asking the question would be deeply insulted if the PMOS was to tell other people what he was doing, and it was not part of professional etiquette.

Asked if there were any TV documentary crews travelling on the plane with the Prime Minister, the PMOS replied that again, he did not comment on other media organisations. Put to him that on the operational note it had stated there was no space on the plane, and asked if this still stood, the PMOS replied that he would not be drawn on processology. The journalist would be deeply insulted if the PMOS started relaying to the Lobby the sort of questions he asked in private, in the same way we respected our dealings with other media organisations as private dealings.

Put to him that there might be a concern if the Lobby were not allowed on plane if there were other media on the plane, the PMOS replied that it had always been the situation that we had people accompanying on visits on a regular basis, whether in this country or abroad, this was nothing out of the ordinary.

Put to him that it would be a very empty aeroplane, the PMOS replied that the journalist was making assumptions about the type of aeroplane being used. Asked if he would like to correct this assumption, the PMOS replied that he would not, because again he did not discuss operational matters.

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