Magazine article The Spectator

Did You Just Put Two and Two Together? Don't Fence with Me, Mr Fildes

Magazine article The Spectator

Did You Just Put Two and Two Together? Don't Fence with Me, Mr Fildes

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I was saved from choking last week by a Lord Justice of Appeal, who hit me smartly on the back at a City dinner, so this may have used up my luck with the higher judiciary. Now I must keep out of sight of Lord Hutton, the Law Lord, as he inquires into leakages of information in Whitehall and out. His scope is wide, and I should make an unsatisfactory witness: 'You assert in your column that this crumb of knowledge was gathered for you by a friendly mouse under the boardroom table. Can you produce the creature? No? You claim that you were operating under a convention known as Moscow Rules. These, you tell me, are the same as Chatham House Rules - no fingerprints, no names, no pack-drill - but enforced at gunpoint. Do they apply in Moscow? I see. Well, it won't do here. Weren't you just putting two and two together? Don't fence with me, Mr Fildes. …

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