» Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Flags/England Team

Asked by the Sun if the Prime Minister would be encouraging further members of the Cabinet to fly St George’s flags from their official limos, the PMOS replied that as he had said this morning, and yesterday, both in response to questions from the Sun, individual Ministers would choose to do what individual Ministers would do. The Prime Minister would express his support in his own way for the England team.

Asked if the PMOS would be flying the flag, the PMOS said that as he had said this morning, his support for the England team was now on the record twice, and he would express his own support in his own quiet way.

Asked if there was nothing to stop Ministers from flying the flag if they wanted to, the PMOS said that Tessa Jowell had spoken for the Government.

Asked if people were likely to find out how the Prime Minister would support England, the PMOS said it would become apparent in due course At this point, people asked if the Prime Minister would send a telegram, have his face painted or get a tattoo. The PMOS said that people could speculate all they wished, but people were "barking up the wrong tree".

Asked if the Prime Minister had any plans to go to any of the games, the PMOS said that he did not. As the PMOS had said yesterday, the Prime Minister’s view was that there was enough pressure on the team already.

Asked if the Prime Minister would watch the Paraguay game, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister would watch the games, and his primary interest was in watching them.

Referring to the question about the Prime Minister not going to any games because of the pressure on the team, the PMOS was asked did that apply also to the final, the PMOS said that the question was the ultimate dangerous hypothetical, and he was not going to get into that.

Asked again about the Prime Minister going to the games, the PMOS replied that he had no plans to do so at this stage. The PMOS was not going to get into speculation about the final stage of the tournament.

Put that no plans at this stage did not include the final, the PMOS said again that he was not going to get into any discussion about the final whatsoever. Full stop.

Asked if Scottish Ministers were allowed an exemption, the PMOS said that Scottish Ministers decided what they decided.

Briefing took place at 6:00 | Search for related news

1 Comment »

  1. Am I the only person who thinks this line of questioning is a waste of time? Don’t we have more important questions to ask?

    Comment by chris — 7 Jun 2006 on 12:43 pm | Link

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