There's something direct, unattributably
honest about haricot beans in a sauce of tomato - baked beans to you and me.
A memo to Lang from a Scottish Office adviser asks: "Do you want to go for the trickle-down effect and get the bad news out into the public domain unattributably
for a start?
'It is worrying that that there are people spreading poison about the company unattributably
and this is undermining confidence.
(The latter was probably the most significant junior minister in the story and who, ironically, had climbed the greasy pole rather higher by the time of his refusal, to the Cabinet office of minister for promoting more open government.) It is not, to put it mildly, the custom for British ministers or civil servants to describe and discuss such hot political events, even unattributably
, with academics or journalists.
There are only two sensible ways of communicating with journalists: on the record, meaning that the informant can be identified and quoted; or unattributably, meaning that the journalist can use the information gleaned only on his own respnsibility and can not identify his source.
Ironically, bearing in mind the attitude I came to encounter, Sir Donald found the Lobby preferred him unattributably.
The report reflected the growing concern among the opposition parties about the spread of special advisers, particularly the so-called "spin doctors" who brief journalists unattributably
on behalf of their Minister.