James Forsyth

A non-denial denial

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Do read Andrew Sparrow's account of how the Prime Minister's official spokesman responded when asked about whether today's story about Brown's printer rage was accurate:

This is what the prime minister's spokesman said in reply:

I think it is the sort of unsubstantiated, unsourced nonsense that you would expect to read in Sunday newspapers, not on the supposedly respectable financial wire services.

There was then a lovely moment of humour when someone else asked: "But is it untrue, though?"

The spokesman said it was "the sort of nonsense that you might expect to read in diary columns" and "not an account that I recognise".

But he did not actually say it was untrue.

 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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