How to deal with awkward questions: an MoJ masterclass
1. First, take plenty of time to think.
2. Never be too specific about numbers.
3. See no evil, hear no evil...
4. Oh no, not that old CRB chestnut again! Don’t say whether something happens in practice; focus what is supposed to happen in theory.
5. When interpreting the FOIA, remember that “disproportionate” can mean “disproportionately low”.
6. The golden rule: SEP (Someone Else’s Problem)
7. If all else fails, let someone else do the talking. If you don’t like the question, answer a different one.
Congratulations! Based on your new-found skills, you have been placed in Tier 1.