Business Secretary Vince Cable has told the Leveson Inquiry he is "not rushing to judge" whether he kept an independent mind when assessing News Corporation's 2010 bid for BSkyB.
Mr Cable said "most people in public life have views... the requirement is to make sure that you, personally, do not know what those views are. I personally went out of my way to be sure I had absolutely no idea, not even a glimpse, of what my own views might have been."
But when questioned by inquiry counsel whether he really believed he have no idea whether he had an open mind when it came to the BSkyB bid, Cable explained, "You're asking me whether I know whether I knew I had an open mind, or whether I was just being impartial about that. I cannot answer that, because I am keeping an open mind. And if I did know, I wouldn't be able to tell you without breaking my rule of impartiality."
The inquiry is expected to drone on for another 95 months.