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I think it used to be far worse in the past. I mean, Alastair Hetherington, my predecessor, used to be having almost weekly meetings with Harold Wilson. Lloyd George used to run his cabinet changes past CP Scott before he did them, so I don't think this is a new problem.

I don't think I -- I can't remember ministers road-testing policies with us. But, you know, it was useful when Labour was in power to be able to occasionally meet the prime minister and talk through our concerns over -- it could be the environment, it could be civil liberties -- to get our environment editor -- so it wasn't always political editors -- in the same room and say, "Why aren't you doing green issues more priority?" I think that's a good thing to be able to do with a prime minister.

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