Taking the mike

A new source of amusement has arisen for Tulkinghorn at Government press conferences. Whereas in the old days hacks were forced to project their voices to ask a question, at the last couple of Department for Constitutional Affairs briefings there have been a couple of flunkies running around with microphones.

Presumably the change is for the benefit of Charlie Falconer, but assembled journalists are rather enjoying outwitting the attendants and confusing ministers by launching into a question before being handed a mike. After all, it’s the only way of having fun at a press conference.