Things we have to unlearn about Andrew Mitchell
The things we have to unlearn about the former Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell. He never did call the police in Downing Street “plebs” although he indisputably swore. Moreover, we now learn that while he was Secretary of State for International Development, he did not use a special stamp with the word ‘bollocks’ on it to mark civil service documents that failed to meet his standards.
But the stamp existed. That much we do know because a letter in today’s Financial Times from Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary at DfId confirms it. “Andrew had the stamp and visiting journalists, especially, were much intrigued by it. But he never used it,” he wrote.
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