‘I beg your pardon?’
I couldn’t believe what I’d just heard. Who did this impertinent little person think they were?
‘I was just wondering if it wasn’t best to just admit we got it wrong?’
‘Who are you?’
‘Erm, I’m Nigel Billingsworth.’ I waited for him to say more. ‘Public Relations Assistant.’ Another pause. ‘Culture Department.’
A public relations assistant! From the Culture Department! Were we just letting anyone attend these meetings now?
‘Well, Nigel,’ I emphasised his name, ‘you must be new to this game.’
‘Actually, I’ve been here for ten years.’
‘Be quiet!’ I had had enough of Nigel. ‘We never admit we got it wrong. Is that understood?’
‘Yes, Prime Minister.’
Honestly, I really think I’m the only one here who knows what politics is all about.