We are gathered here today to remember the News of the World.
Many years ago I was left looking a bit dodgy by Angus Deayton on the Temptation Game and it was the News of the World that got hold of the unedited tapes, checked my story and turned the whole thing on its head. After a full Page 3 feature called ‘Clerical Error’ I was in the clear and it was no longer me that was looking a bit dodgy. So, I don’t agree at all with the disgraceful hacking scandal that brought them down, but it would not be fair to imply or think that every journalist that ever worked there is a bad egg. Some of them saved my ministry!
And now we shall sing….