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16 July 2014

The 'commentator's curse' is well known in sporting circles. Keen followers of footballer, for example, will have seen its effects first-hand. One minute a player is having the game of their life; next, they make a clumsy challenge, concede a penalty, are sent off or, heaven forbid, score an own goal. This only ever seems to occur shortly after a sports commentator begins to wax lyrical about what a great game the player is having: the commentator's curse.

Yet this phenomenon is not limited to sport. It can also be found in other areas of the press. I like to refer to it as the 'journalist's jinx' and I have felt its bite more than once in my career.

The latest occurred just this week when I finished penning a piece on a quintet of attorney generals, hosted by Dominic Grieve QC, who came together last week to discuss a host of subjects including the Want to read on?

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