And the press will have to go some to match the creativity shown by the Telegraph, which claims to have seen a memo which, by the most fortunate of coincidences, matches that paper’s agenda perfectly. Moreover, the “full text” of the memo, which has been published in today’s paper, is not shown as an original document, but instead, readers are expected to take the supposed transcript on trust.
Taking no sides on this, but the rule generally is that if something is minuted it was said, but not everything which was said is minuted.
Having been in similar positions, could well have been that the FM and French side agreed not to minute something but FCO deliberately or otherwise, left it in.
In the end, he said, she said, they said.
Well you might have been correct ashie, except that the quoted minute is not from the meeting, but from the minute of a telephone conversation between the French Consul general and a London official; so there's no way of getting to the bottom of it, and given the Telegraph's openly stated aims, I'd say that it's very questionable at least.
As I said, I take no sides. In any case, it now looks like it wasn't the FCO either!
Eyes are on the Scotland Office.
Whatever anyone did or didn't say (and frankly, I'd double check the football scores after reading them in the Telegraph, such is that paper's lack of credibility these days) it's clear they're all bloody terrified of Nicola Sturgeon!
Has Grant Shapps been seen in the FO?
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