Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

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From: The Unit

To: GB

Subject: Your wastepaper basket

* So, pretty good week. The revolts over the 42 days issue, the 10p tax rate rebellion, the Olympics snarl-up, the steepest ever decline in personal poll ratings since records began, the stalking horse rumours, the cabinet splits: all feel like the sort of stuff that really proves it is darkest just before the dawn. Of course, it is also fairly dark for much of the night well before the dawn--but there's a real feeling here that dawn must surely be approaching.

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* One thing we wanted to raise is getting your private office staff to be much more assiduous in shredding the stuff in your wastepaper basket. In particular, a couple of items came back to us via concerned colleagues:

Your Amazon DVD orders

In the wrong hands people might start "interpreting" these. What is your obsession with the Hitler bunker drama Downfall, anyway!? Sure, it's a good movie, but have your last copies worn out already? What about taking a look at Ferris Bueller's Day Off or one of the other movies we've sent up for you? Wayne's World, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Cheaper By the Dozen--these are all good movies. Better, arguably, than the stuff like Nixon, Downfall and The Sorrow and the Pity you've been ordering. On a related point, we know it's uplifting but really do think you need to keep your viewings of Downfall down to maximum of one a day. …

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