on the programme I write my own introductions. When you hear a rubbish one - it's mine. This is less possible with news that breaks while we're on the air - such as last night with the police story about the files on people convicted abroad sitting around on desks at the Home Office.
madmary obeserved on the "Paddy and I" thread:
"That was very funny Eddie. What made it funnier was that I was listening whilst you were struggling with summarising the problems of the police data base. I trust you've saved that snippet for another day."
Well - maybe this will help explain. It was one of those introductions I hadn't written, and, because of a large number of "live" items, I hadn't had a chance to read beforehand. So these are the words in the introduction, which I was seeing for the first time as I broadcast:
"More on the revelation that more than 500 criminals convicted abroad was left sitting in desk files in the Home Office and not processed. "
The BBC. It's what we do.