But the criticism that Mr Sherborne was making and the concern that I expressed was the one sentence in the report. If one reads precisely what he said, he was asked:
"Are you suggesting that this story must have come from phone hacking?"
And then he tells the story and then says:
"Thinking about how they could possibly come up with such a bizarre leftfield story, I realised ..." et cetera.
Then it was put to him:
"You haven't alleged that before, have you, in the public domain?
"Answer: No. But when I was preparing this statement and going through all my old trials and tribulations with the press I looked at that one again and thought 'That's weird', and then the penny dropped."
Mr Jay said:
"I think the highest it can be put is frankly it's a piece of speculation on your part, isn't it, in relation to this?
"Answer: Yes, you could, yes, speculation, okay, but I'd love to know, I mean, I think Mr Caplan who represents Associated was saying earlier today he would like to put in a supplementary statement and, you know, referring to the things I say today. Well I'd love to hear what the Daily Mail's and Sunday Mail's explanation of that article is, what the source was, if it wasn't phone hacking."
And then he says:
"I'll leave that for now."
And it's abundantly clear what Mr Grant was doing. He was preparing for this hearing, he decided that the facts led to an inference, you challenged the inference and that's perfectly permissible, and if it's necessary that's something I can think about, but more significantly, the article of which he complains is that the allegations are "mendacious smears" driven by his hatred of the media.
And the word that Mr Sherborne focused on and the word that I took issue with at the time was the word "mendacious". You may say Mr Grant doesn't like the media, I don't suppose he would disagree with that for one moment in this context, perhaps he would, perhaps he wouldn't, I don't know, I'm not going to put words into his mouth. That's not appropriate. But the clear allegation is this was deliberately dishonest.
Now, either you want to support that, or you don't.