PC Plod: That lawyer is soooo bad! Fancy releasing the transcript of the umpteenth interview with that fellow we called a terrorist ….whatisname? … !
Minister For Foreigners: Yes – absolutely disgusting! Doesn’t do much for the AFP, though!
PC Plod: Don’t you talk – you wanted a political decision. We just told you the interpretation you wanted … Idiot.
Minister For Foreigners: Idiot! IDIOT! Listen, should I release more of the reasons you gave me for my decision??
PC Plod: NO. That would only make matters worse. No way, Minister. (THINKS: would make the AFP, and ME, look like an idiot.)
Minister leaves to address a press conference ... Later news reports carry the following quote:
"I’ve been advised that I cannot release any more information about what I’ve
been told about (that terrorist-fellow)."
Couldn't happen in a robust democracy ...