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Was it Rash to Make Jeremy Hunt Culture Secretary?

Postby Nick » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:13 pm

Was it Rash to Make Jeremy Hunt Culture Secretary?

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Re: Was it Rash to Make Jeremy Hunt Culture Secretary?

Postby Nick » Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:20 pm

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Paul Leatherbarrow, a father of two, said he was at work on a building site near his home in Middleton, Greater Manchester, when he got a call on his mobile phone from the BBC.
"I thought it was my mates playing a joke on me - they're always winding me up," he said. "They said they had a slot on the radio in seven minutes and would I be able to go on?"
Listeners to the World at One heard James Robbins, the presenter, say: "I'm joined now by the Edinburgh West MP, Michael Crockart, who's a parliamentary aide - a PPS - to the Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore."
He then asked: "Michael Crockart, are you going to resign over this issue?"
The interviewee replied: "It's not so much I am going to resign. I am prepared to resign."
Mr Robbins pressed ahead: "Meaning that you would like to vote against this but feel you can't, and therefore you will resign in order to do so?"
The "MP" continued: "If I'm backed into a corner, yeah."
Then, in a twist which perhaps ought to have alerted the BBC that something odd was afoot, he added: "I mean the main thing, what was the big problem in the beginning, was the grit bins," before the line went dead.
Undeterred, Mr Robbins told listeners: "I think we've lost Michael Crockart so I'm going to go now to our political correspondent Iain Watson, who's at Westminster and joins me now."

Mr Watson proceeded to analyse the bogus interview, saying: "I think, yes, signs of growing cracks. I think we got the significant bit of the conversation, James, where he said 'I'm prepared to resign.'"
The remarks, on Monday, were initially seized upon by journalists and student campaigners.
The real Mr Crockart was forced to issue a denial, saying that the remarks had been made by a "random, unknown man" - although he did in fact resign on Thursday when he voted against the Coalition's plan to raise the university tuition fees cap from £3,290 a year to £9,000.



The confusion arose because Mr Leatherbarrow's mobile phone number was incorrectly listed against Mr Crockart's name in a directory of MPs' contact details published by the BBC, copies of which circulate around Westminster.
When the World at One wanted to interview Mr Crockart, a producer called the number in the directory.
In its apology, the BBC insisted: "The usual pre-broadcast questions were asked of the person concerned, who maintained throughout that he was Mr Crockart and appeared credible."
However, Mr Leatherbarrow told this newspaper that no checks were made, other than asking if he was the MP.
He said: "It's probably embarrassing for them [the BBC] because they've claimed they did all these checks but they didn't. They just asked if I was Mike Crockart and if I was willing to go on the radio and I said I was.
"Also I'm told that Michael Crockart has a Scottish accent and is a Scottish MP so I'm surprised they didn't smell a rat."
Recounting the moment that his voice was broadcast to the nation, he said: "There were about 12 of us in the tea cabin at work. I went outside and my mates put the radio on. I was just told to hold until I heard the presenter asking me a question.
"Then when I answered all my mates were laughing and banging on the window saying 'It's you, it's you.' I just broke down in laughter at the end.
"I read somewhere that I sounded like a 'Yorkshireman putting on a squeaky voice'. That was because I was trying to put on a posh accent but I just ended up sounding like I was from Yorkshire."


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