Professor John Beddington, or Sir John as we must start learning to call him soon, was the man who suggested Lord Oxburgh as the head of the inquiry into UEA's scientific oeuvre (or at least those parts that were likely to be uncontroversial.
As readers here know, I have previously obtained some of Professor Beddington's emails under FoI and I've now obtained one more.
It's pretty interesting.
It was sent on the afternoon after the publication of the Oxburgh report.
This is the text:
Much appreciated the hard work put into the review, general view is a blinder played. As we discussed at HoL, clearly the drinks are on me!
Best wishes, John
For the benefit of non-speakers of cockney, "played a blinder" simply means "played very well", usually in the context of a game of football...erm....soccer.
In the circumstances though, one can't help wonder if there's some kind of pun in Sir John's words.