Would any resident Neue Arbeit apologists care to comment on the timing of this little snippet? The Di report and two posthumous gallantry awards...seems very convenient to me. The 'pop' of the No 10 Press Office smoke grenades is almost palpable.
I bet this story has disappeared down the ratings by the time the drones are sitting in front of the box with their TV dinners this evening...unless a news editor or two have acquired some minerals.
No - this would suggest that No10 has the power to decide when investigating officers 'schedule' their appointments. They do not have that power.
I'm particularly enjoying the agonised squeals of indignation from various elements of Murdoch's shabby empire (Sky News, The Scum etc) having been blindsided by the announcement that (initially) 'Yates of the Yard' (poor man) had been round to chat to the PM; then that the PM ('who will be leaving No10 any time now - his car engine is running - he's gonna be facing some tough questions when he leaves') just got into said car, grinning quietly.
If it's a good day for anything, it's clearly a good day for journos being put in their place (see 'Savaging of Paparazzi' in the Stevens report) and being casually informed of the unprecedented questioning (as a witness!) of the PM somewhat after the fact.
I don't think anyone in possession of more than 2 brain cells seriously believes the PM's hands are entirely spotless in this affair...try proving it. I feel for DAC John Yates and look forward to his report.
Addendum: We now have more grubby journos asking each other questions like 'John, just how unprecedented is this?'