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They have to be in to get the formal CRA briefings. I mean, there are good practical reasons, I think, why the CRA came into existence, and there's a debate about when this actually happened, but certainly it appears to have taken up its current form probably just after the Second World War, and that is to say that you get a major policing event and the police will hold a press conference. Now, that tends to be dominated these days mostly by the broadcast media, who want to basically monopolise all the front-row seats and they are interested in sound bite responses from those people that they are talking to and so forth. These people are very often not specialists in this field.

So I think the rationale was -- the thought was that there needed to be a forum -- this was at the inception of the organisation -- whereby people more knowledgeable, more specialised in the art, could engage at a slightly different level. It would be like, if I could use an analogy, if CRA stood for the Cricket Reporters Association, you know, you would expect the correspondents to know the difference between an off break and a leg break, if you understand what I'm saying, so that if you were --

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