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No, it was never put to me that if the Sky bid was going to get through, I would get a substantial bonus. I think bonuses in our company are annually reviewed and based on a whole bunch of different things. I was -- that was never put to me, no.
Related to the Sky bid?
No, I wouldn't agree with that interpretation.
Sorry I can't find the text in front of me -- oh, I have it here, sorry. I think that was at the time when Parliament was about to take a vote on whether the BSkyB bid should proceed or not based on the very sad events of Milly Dowler ...
No, I don't think it was followed through.
Yes, I was trying to get -- to see whether or not the Treasury would make representation to Vince Cable and suggested they could provide information on the arguments we had on plurality. This was never followed through, from my knowledge.
Yes, Chief of Staff.
I don't know what the message contained. I only knew that Rebekah told me she had got messages from Gabby.
Yes, she's spokeswoman to the Prime Minister. And number 2.
It was social. The idea was to introduce Will to Craig, actually.
Yes, because one of them was unable to come.
The dinner was going to be with the wives and the idea was to -- there were two locations floated and we ended up in a location which was not discreet at all.
Which didn't take place.
No, I don't think it --well, it never happened.
Yes, there was a rumour I had been told.
Yes, with the media coalition.
A few hours before? And I can completely vouch for the fact that we discussed those issues with Adam. Regarding the last sentence I think has triggered a lot of comments. You probably put it on my sort of English way of -- sorry, way of writing English. "Guide" might be ...
Sure. I think we had a discussion that day for 24 minutes?
Yes, I've just had it here.
No, I don't think so. That's why I said straight away that it was from this.
Sir, I can completely imagine -- I mean, I have called the latest on Rubicon. Whether or not the first item was from Adam or not I can't confirm or ...
I can completely accept the benefit of the doubt on this. All I can think is that that's where I would have got the information.
Well, I think I would have drawn this from our conversation, yes.
From the conversation.
Sorry, I'm trying to find -- oh, the first item, sorry, yes.
It was a very cheeky way -- I didn't feel victimised too much.
So I had instigated that demand in order to discuss other issues than the BSkyB deal with the minister. It was very clear from every correspondence I made to the minister that there were a whole bunch of issues that were happening in our industry which I wanted -- we needed ...
No, no, I was reflecting -- I was definitely communicating a position, which was that at the time we were even thinking why didn't we go to Competition Commission? It would have taken less time, you know.
From my part?
I think there was a -- I was reflecting the internal frustrations from high up.
Yes, I think item 5 would have been something I would have been told. There's no reason why I would have written it.
No, I think we had some debates, by texts and also on calls, about why there was a delay and -- we definitely had discussions to -- the sort of level of relationship between the different legal teams. I think everyone was a bit impatient and frustrated by the process and we ...
I think it's because there's issues of summer time on my mobile phone, as I've been told.
Just before the email was written?
Yes. Sometimes I would add some elements that can be helpful for the team.
Yes, I think I've put some of my thoughts as well on this in order to --
Sorry, I can't find the other one.
Yes. I think I was abroad at the time as well, so that might not help either.
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