James Forsyth

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John Pienaar’s BBC column has a great little anecdote in it this week about Alan West’s reaction to the way his comments on not being convinced of the case for 56 day detention were reported.

According to one report, he heard the radio headlines immediately after his morning interview reporting his doubts about government policy.

"Why are they saying that," he asked an official.

"Because that's what you said, minister" came back the reply.

Although it must be noted, that the ‘simple sailor’ line West used to explain away the mistake shows that he’s fast learning how to spin with the best of them.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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