DIARY: Allan denies interest in business studies course

Rumour reaches me that BSkyB’s corporate communications director Tim Allan is off to pastures new. I am told the young Blairite wants to perfect his impressive, if short, CV with an MBA.

Rumour reaches me that BSkyB’s corporate communications director

Tim Allan is off to pastures new. I am told the young Blairite wants to

perfect his impressive, if short, CV with an MBA.



Tony Blair’s former special adviser only joined BSkyB last June. Could

it be that our Tim found the conflict of loyalties too hard to bear when

the Labour Government blocked his employer’s bid for Manchester United

football club earlier this month?



Allan greets the news of his alleged academic venture with

characteristic calm, verging on indifference. (He claims mine is the

25th call he’s taken on the subject.) ’It’s not true,’ he says simply.

’The degree may happen in the future, but it isn’t happening now.



So Allan won’t be emulating Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, the ex-Mandelson

adviser who famously quit the Sun as its editor’s right-hand man last

month before having even sat at his desk.



Is there not even the slightest grain of truth in the rumour? Allan says

not: he claims it has been generated by journalists. Surely not.



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