It’s no surprise that Daily Ireland gave Lord John Alderdice a hard time in his first interview with them, since the IMC has hardly been flavour of the month with anyone who is even vaguely sympathetic to the Republican cause. And its well worth the read, particularly if the Paxman tussle is your preferred journalistic tipple. But I was surprised to read this particular exchange over Alderdice’s Appointment in which the noble Lord replies: “I can’t remember for sure, I think probably by the secretary of state, but don’t quote me on that, because it’s quite a while ago now”. So does that make it off or on record? Or just a fumbled ball?