Frankly, I don't recall saying this, although I remember clearly the rest of my telephone conversation with your reporter, plus the bit he didn't include, to the effect that ministers do not seem as easily embarrassed by their mistakes as they used to be. But I am. Your reporter says I said it, so blushing apologies to professors Williams and Gregory and to all other professors, policemen and politicians, every one of them upright defenders of the highest standards of public probity.
And I have made a resolution. No more answers to telephoned questions from reporters seeking a quote on a somnolent summer's afternoon.
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