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A short note of thanks
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wllmhague
Recent events have been keeping Her Majesty's Government quite busy, but I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to Mr Chris Bryant for his support of HMG's application for core participant status in the Leveson Inquiry. Mr Bryant is, as always, the most helpful and generous of men, and the kindest of colleagues.

I am sure the Ministers who have joined Mr Bryant as core participants will soon be extending their own thanks as well.

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Oh, it was my pleasure. Given how integrally your government appears to be linked to News International, it seems only fair. After all, the Murdochs and the Metropolitan Police have core participant status, why shouldn't you?

Were HMG as integrally linked to News International as you and Mr Watson seem to believe, Mr Bryant, there would hardly be any need for Ministers to make such an application. The recent ruling, which you so aptly and kindly supported, has levelled the playing field and ensured that HMG will be able to meet any and all attacks which small minds launch. (Note that I do not mean to imply that yours is a small mind; only, perhaps, that your heart sometimes acts in advance of your impressive intellect.)

I do hope that your assistance to HMG has not resulted in difficulties for you, politically or personally. I am sure the good Speaker has understood that you were motivated by your strong feelings about the topic at hand, not by disrespect and unconcern for the growing precariousness of his position.

I think everyone's been surprised by the extent of your government's contact with the Murdochs, including Lord Justice Leveson. Jeremy Hunt appears to be absolutely shocked, for instance. The Leveson Inquiry might have made you core participants from the beginning if they'd known from the outset the extent of the collusion revealed by the witness statements.

Other than turning into a swan on a nightly basis, you mean? *grins* Aside from that it's been all right. The Speaker is well aware of my respect for his office, and the primacy of Parliament. It's kind of you to worry about his job, but in light of the most recent election results, I'm not sure it's his job you should be most concerned about.

I think everyone's been surprised by the extent of your government's contact with the Murdochs, including Lord Justice Leveson. Jeremy Hunt appears to be absolutely shocked, for instance.

As I am sure you are aware, Mr Bryant, there are no levels to which a self-promoting person will not go. Frédéric Michel appears to be one of these people; the emails to which you allude are evidence of his afflicted and self-important mind, and of the minor indiscretions of Adam Smith, not of any grand conspiracy at the heart of HMG - however much you and Mr Watson might wish it was the latter.

Other than turning into a swan on a nightly basis, you mean? *grins*

I make it a practice not to inquire into personal appearance and choices, so I was unaware that there was any connection between your current state and the incident in question. Much has now become clear.

It's kind of you to worry about his job, but in light of the most recent election results, I'm not sure it's his job you should be most concerned about.

I thank you for your concern in my turn, but as I should know, doing well in midterm elections is not a guarantee of a salutary result in the next general election. We shall have to wait and see what 2015 may bring.

*As the sun goes down, Chris is enveloped in a swirl of ruby light. When William can make him out again, he finds himself confronted with a disgruntled looking swan. Chris has lingered too long.

The swan turns to look balefully out the window for a second. It looks back to William and seems to shrug its wings, then waddles off down the corridor in search of an open door.*

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