My salad dressing days


Paid to ask the difficult questions
September 2, 2006, 1:19 pm
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The Downing Street morning press briefing from Monday 7 August covered hostilities in the Middle East, the UN’s proposals on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan before the Prime Minister’s Spokeswoman (PMS*) was questioned on an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA):

Asked further about DEFRA’s fishing announcement on Wednesday, the PMS said she believed it was about sea bass. [A journalist] asked if it was about how to cook sea bass, the PMS said it was not, but people should speak to the department for further information.

Earlier in the summer, there was an extended Q&A session on the watering of the gardens at Number Ten:

Asked by Bloomberg if the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) had any tips for getting rid of nettles in his garden, the PMOS said that depending on the question asked, his reply could be to go and jump in them! However, people should take the sting out of this issue…[groan]

Asked if the Prime Minister ever “had a go at the watering”, the PMOS said that he had never known him to do so.

Asked by The Times if the roses were in bloom at the moment, the PMOS replied that he had not recently inspected the roses.

Put that the Prime Minister “was known” to have had a kick around in the Downing Street lawns, and would he recommend that during a period of drought, the PMOS said that he had never seen the Prime Minister have a kick around in the Downing Street lawns, therefore, he could not comment on that.

Oh, there’s plenty of good craic over at Number Ten of a weekday morning…

* I know: unfortunate

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Ummm, I’m not sure what to say. I mean, I know how to criticize American government and press numbskullery, but I’m all thumbs faced with another nation’s. Perhaps I’ll just quietly slip out now … xoxo

Comment by mireille

so do u really need a PM ?

with all d PMS n PMOS ?

nah I don’t tinkso …( like do u really need a queen ? )

Comment by toniXe




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