Mystery of missing minutes
Bill Rammell, the further and higher education minister, was unable to attend the Association for College Management conference in Birmingham last week as expected, but treated the delegates to a speech on video.
My spies noticed a rather obvious "jump cut" in the film. I'm told the missing section includes an unplanned comment from the minister, followed by the words, "Oh, I've gone a bit off the script. Can we edit that out?"
Apparently, Mr Rammell didn't want to give the "wrong impression". About what, we don't know. Insiders remain tight-lipped.