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Press conference starts... Michel is talking about education, but the press pack has only one interest in being here. Hilary Benn has been corralled into appearing and is staring ahead steadfastly. No eye contact from Wolfie...

Wolfie: Thanks the Commission, Brown and Benn etc., but can't remember the name of the minister from Ghana. "Nothing is more critical to economic development than the personal development of individuals through education." Lots of shuffling...

So to questions and it's a cat and mouse, with Michel pleading with reporters to stay on topic (education). Every question therefore has two parts - something about education as a starter, followed by a leap to the implications for Wolfie's job.

Most are not answered. The best the press gets is, "The Board is considering the issue. I have given my full explanation. We need to follow due process, but we must stay focused on the very important work of the World Bank... it's critical."

Benn stays tight lipped throughout and with three questions only semi-answered, they're off....

David Steven ~ May 02, 2007

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