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“For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea”

The gall of the man:

"Tony Blair has said a "highly competitive" media is putting "enormous strain" on the way political debate is conducted". (Source)

"The media is highly, highly competitive, it is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and I think what that does is it puts an enormous stress and strain on the way that the public debate politically happens. And what I think is really the point now is that the modern media works by impact effectively, and the biggest impact will come from scandal or controversy or pictures that make a visible impact. But if you try to have a reasoned policy debate, unless it can be translated into one of those mediums then it is actually quite difficult, and this is not so much a criticism of the media because they operate within this culture today and that is just the way it is".

Ah diddums. I do not recall to many complaints from him when Major was getting savaged, or accusations that the media was superficial when it was, by and large, praising him with one voice. This is the man who presides over people who regard terrorist atrocities as offering an opportunity 'to bury bad news'.

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Anonymous verity said... 2:17 pm

God, he's an inarticulate, febrile,inconsequential little person, isn't he?  

Blogger Guthrum said... 4:18 pm

Well if the media is consistantly saying bad things, you either listen, ignore them or shoot the messenger. Thats how an elective dictorship fuelled with patronage works  

Blogger dearieme said... 7:44 pm

For he's a loathsome wee twa-aat
For he's a loathsome wee twa-aat
For he's a loathsome wee twa-aat
And so say all of us.  

Anonymous David Allen said... 8:15 pm

Time to quote the great Bomber Harris: "They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." _ wasn't it New Labour more than anyone who trashed public confidence in the political class and institutions to undermine Thatcher and Major _ now they complain that the climate of ruthless cynicism which they created has made life uncomfortable for them _ well tough! Tony Blair's relationship with the media also reminds me of Estelle and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations:
Estelle: "But who MADE me cruel and heartless?"
Miss Havisham tearfully: "But to be crel and heartless to ME, Estelle! To be cruel and heartless to me!"  

Anonymous David Allen said... 8:27 pm

(with Blair as Miss Havisham, of course.... I can just see Mr Tony in a rancid wedding dress _ Cherie could probably blag him one for free!)  

Blogger Praguetory said... 9:11 pm

I can't recall any reasoned policy debate from the Labour party. Feel free to contradict me as I might have been busy on that day.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:42 pm

David - absolutely, although a check confirmed that Harris was getting biblical on us - Hosea 8:7.

PT - Oh aye...  

Anonymous David Allen said... 1:06 pm

My apologies for ignorance, C! But we Catholics leave reading the Bible to the Prods _ safer just to listen to Papa or we might get funny ideas!  

Anonymous verity said... 2:14 pm

Matthew D'Ancona has another adoring piece about Blair in The Torygraph today. I really can't stand that man. D'Ancona, that is. Blair is beyond mere loathing.

The Speccie's gone way off the boil since he took over. The Barclay brothers should have chosen Quentin Letts who at least has a good sense of humour.  

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