David Davis told the press at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference that the worst thing a colleague had ever said about him was that he was a “charming bastard.” It turns out he was quoting himself.

Davis told the news conference in Washington D.C. this morning that as Europe Minister under Major, hacks were tirelessly trying to find someone in Brussels to badmouth him, but the best they could get was an FT journalist’s quip that Davis was a “charming bastard,” a quip that apparently then featured on the FT’s front page:

However after some sleuthing, Times columnist Hugo Rifkind noted that Davis had not been called a “charming bastard” by an FT journalist. In fact, the quote came from Davis himself:

To be fair, you probably couldn’t print the worst things said about David Davis.

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