Downing Street’s press office told enquiring lobby journalists first thing this morning that Blair and Sarkozy were not meeting today, despite rumours to the contrary. Imagine the lobby’s post-lunch surprise, when at afternoon lobby, Tom Kelly, who prefers to be unknown as the PMOS (PM’s Official Spokesman) announced that he couldn’t comment on the meeting (which was in fact taking place) because it was private. Asked what the definition of private was, Kelly replied that it was a meeting both sides had agreed would remain private.
Which sounded plausible until it was pointed out the the French embassy had been confirming the details of the meeting all day, and saying Sarkozy would speak to the press afterwards. Kelly just stuck to the line that it was “private”.
Maybe that means they’ll be discussing their shared love of the work of Jean-Luc Godard. Presumably that won’t stop them from letting the taxpayer pick up the tab.
Just in case the lobby were too lazy to go find the story for themselves, Sarkozy blog
has the details – the French interior minister and likely future French President was here to swap repression techniques with our own Fat Controller, Charles Clarke, as well as see Blair.