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I'm asking you, if I may say so, to attempt a leap of imagination, and I don't mean that patronisingly, although it did sound like it, to enter into Mr Grant's thought process, and entering into his thought process merely to accept that as a piece of speculation, as he accepted it was, under some pressure from me, as a piece of speculation it wasn't an entirely unreasonable speculation because we had the plummy voice, he knew there was a woman out there with a plummy voice; she might have left messages on his voicemail, she tended to speak in a jokey and flirtatious fashion, therefore, he says, "Wow, the Mail must have hacked into that".

If he was putting that forward as a statement of hard fact, of course he would probably be going too far, but as a piece of speculation, that wasn't unreasonable, was it?

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