It's absolutely true. In the House of Commons debate, instead of the metaphor being the sword of Damocles, it was a pistol pointed at the heads of everybody concerned by a totally phoney timetable.
The basic thing is, Mr Murdoch gave the impression he would pull away completely. Thomson organisation wanted him. It was all phoney. It was a phoney war. In fact, the best speeches in the House of Commons were pointing out how phoney a war it was.
The Sunday Times was strike-bound for 12 months and we came back with a larger circulation than ever, so that was a false argument.
In fact, of course, it was ridiculous to say you can't go to the Monopolies Commission for the most important newspaper takeover in British press history -- "I'm sorry, we don't have time to make sure the law is being observed, I'm sorry, we don't have time to go to the Monopolies Commission" -- it's ridiculous. It was a whole set of chess moves. This was pawn to bishop 4, actually pawn to bishop 6, because they were going so fast to try and get the thing through.