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Asked to expand on the Prime Minister’s comments in an interview with Time Out magazine, due to be published tomorrow, regarding his concerns about the creation of a barrier between the public and politicians following the recent flour attack in the House of Commons, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister’s view on this matter was clear. Difficult though it might be, it was important to achieve the right balance between protecting politicians properly on the one hand, and maintaining the accessibility of the public on the other. As the current campaigning for the forthcoming elections by all parties demonstrated, direct contact with the electorate was a tradition which was both valued and useful. It went without saying that no politician, from the Prime Minister down, would want such a practice to end. Asked if the Prime Minister was disappointed that the G8 Summit in Georgia would be taking place under such tight security, the PMOS said that the protests we had seen in recent years showed that security was clearly a problem. That was something to be regretted. Nevertheless, the G8 was still an important meeting as it dealt with the big, broad issues of concern. The outcomes and conclusions might not grab headlines on the day. However, they presented coherent strategies to tackle ‘unfashionable’ problems, such as debt, which could make a real difference to the developing world.

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