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To take your first point first, then I'll allow Mr Jay to continue, I entirely agree that you don't know where the story is going before you've done the story. Isn't that a very good reason for saying that you need to have some sort of audit trail -- I'm not talking about anything overly complex -- to demonstrate that at the time you were making your decision, these were the features of the information you had which led you to reach the conclusion that it was in the public interest to do what you were going to do, so that even if nothing came of it and then there was a complaint, you could say, "This isn't retrospective thinking; this is actually what I was thinking about at the time and there it is"?

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