Right. OK then! Now I get it (slap forehead). How could I have been so slow on the uptake? I understood until yesterday that the Prime Minister had been caught out in a great big fat steaming smoking-pants lie. I thought it was clear to the meanest intelligence that Tony Blair had authorised the naming of poor Dr David Kelly to the media, and then pretended otherwise.
But it turns out that we haven’t been paying enough attention to the “totality” of what he said. No, no, he kept saying yesterday, as he wriggled before Michael Howard like a kebabbed witchetty grub. Only the “totality” is operative, said Blair, irresistibly recalling the performance of Nixon’s spokesman during Watergate. Well, let us indeed examine the totality of the Prime Minister’s words and deeds, and discover how we came by this misunderstanding. They total up to quite a lot.