I got a call this afternoon from the Guernsey Press demanding I redact the name of the HM Treasury Press Officer on the email sent to them I published earlier today.
They said they were calling for HM Treasury. Heaven knows why. I’m not hard to find!
I refused. A press officer is accountable.
I suspect they wanted to know how I got their email – which is something quite different. They still don’t know.
But Ted Vibert in Jersey went one further – he mauiled HMT and asked if the email reflected official policy. So, here’s the response:
From: Vitkovitch, Stephen
Cc: Clark, Jez
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 5:02 PM
Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED] EU Code of Conduct for Business Taxation
I am a policy official and can confirm the views of the “HM Treasury Spokesperson” quoted in the Guernsey Post on 8 December were not personal views but the position of HM Treasury. They were passed on in response to a query.
Stephen Vitkovitch | Policy Adviser, Corporate Tax Team | HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, SW1A 2HQ | +44 (0)20 7270 6024
Yes it is.
And it’s unclassified.
No need to redact then.
So was the Guernsey Press telling me the whole story? After all, what’s so sensitive about a press officer’s name?
And, thanks Ted.
PS Don’t you just love the Treasury Postcode – and these things are chosen by the way – they’re not allocated like a household. HQ. Egos run wild!