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Well, the difference is he phones me up and says, "Alastair, can you tell me when the election it?" and I tell him what the date is. Having conversations -- and this is where it's very difficult. I just ask you to imagine what it's like being in my position, where I know the information, he thinks that he knows the information, he's trying to tease it out of me and he reads body language and he reads the way that I say things. I don't want to mislead him. Again, contrary to the sort of Oborne thesis, I never told them lies but I sometimes didn't tell them everything that I knew. He reads the language. By then, it was blindingly obvious when the election was going to be, frankly.

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