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I was starting with that point. It wasn't a refusal.

The answer is, in John Yates' expression, it was an extremely -- it was a poor decision, that's what he says. From what I can see, that decision was just too quick. It was just why have -- why could you not have gone back with all those allegations and looked further into what was -- what did the material actually say?

I think there is a point at which sometimes very senior people have to go and have a look at what -- I don't mean they have to delve into every black bag, but bring me something direct here, and I think -- I don't quite understand why John took that decision with the speed that he did.

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