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John Humphrys meets his match

Andrew Lansley has discovered the secret of how to fend off interviewers on the Today programme: bombard them with facts

At last, the answer to one of broadcasting’s great challenges: how do you fend off an insatiable John Humphrys? Answer, superbly provided by Andrew Lansley: you swamp the Today studio in a deluge of facts without pausing for breath. You put cash-strapped hospitals in a context that the Audit Commission would struggle to follow. You go on and expertly on. “Can I just get a word in edgeways?” pleaded Humphrys. But it wasn’t worth it. The health secretary seemed to have been training for 10 years for just this moment. Or maybe for Just a Minute.

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