Mystery surrounds a growing clamour in China as innocent bystanders report the first chilling foretaste of Dave’s ill-fated trip. Quintessentially British newsman Rob Hutton, from the influential Bloomberg, has been banned from a Beijing press conference by the authorities, who have cited arcane rules to justify their decision. The set-to has deepened as, at the eleventh hour, Number 10 have started crunch talks. They say the decision is “completely inappropriate”. Guido is assured no booze-fuelled rampages were responsible. The Chinese ban yet another author.