The furore over Rory Bremner’s spoof call to Margret Becket continues to generate newspaper and radio debate this morning, 24 hours after the story broke in full. I continue to feel the back-draft issues from close quarters. Rory called me last night to say that he had decided, in consultation with his producer Geoff Atkinson, not to make the tape public. It’s a shame that some of the pressures he is under have forced the folk at Vera Productions, who make “Bremner, Bird and Fortune”, not to put the recording on the net. The counter spin is intense and at times the puritanical posturing of certain government spokesman defies belief. I hope one day the story of how Rory got the number of the various cabinet ministers is outed. I still think there might have been a little more humour from the talking heads who were put forward to comment on the issue. The spoof was very gentle and the government might have scored a few points if they had demonstrated a sense of humour. The poe faced, and at times silent condemnation, generated bewilderment rather. Perhaps the opp provided the current administration with a base camp that could have allowed them to make the most of projecting a personality that the public might have bought into.