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Thank you. The matters you cover in paragraphs 65 to 71 I think we have already touched on. I'd like to ask you, please, about paragraph 71, because this may be relevant to the future. It's 08460, Mr Mullin's reference in his diaries to your suggestion that a two-party alliance would be necessary to deal with the influence of Mr Murdoch on British politics:

"... is certainly something I believed to be true."

You knew you had no hope of securing such a consensus with Mr Blair and so could not realistically pursue this option. But putting aside the past now, Sir John, is this something which you think is still necessary, looking forward?

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