How the sultans of spin have turned into whirling dervishes

Jonathan Haslam, John Major’s press secretary, is not leaving the Government Information Service because of a row with a junior minister about the contents of a press notice. If my ex-colleagues went every time they stopped the likes of Education Minister Stephen Byers trying to rubbish his predecessors in a Government press notice, Whitehall would be a game of musical chairs.

by SIR BERNARD INGHAM, who writes for the

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