Paul Waugh "http://waugh.standard.co.uk/2010/06/treasury-control-freakery-gone-mad.html">has news that the Treasury asked a broadcaster to sign a written legal agreement that they would not ask any
questions about the OBR’s announcement. Well, some of the figures embarrassed Osborne but surely it wasn’t that bad?

As Paul notes, this may be a case of the Civil Service taking advantage of ministers’ inexperience but even so. Equally, the government has adopted the practice of its predecessor and issued
statements to the press before stating them to the House.

Carry on like this and we’ll join the axis of evil. New politics please.

UPDATE: Turns out not to have been so worrying.

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