What The Papers Say: Man of a thousand days

After a less-than-successful January in the media, Downing Street wanted Labour’s first 1,000 days in office to pass quietly. William Hague missed an opportunity to attack the Government when PM’s Question Time was cancelled due to an extended debate on Sinn Fein. The Guardian’s Hugo Young, according to Roy Greenslade who is one of the few columnists read by Tony Blair on a regular basis, provided a ’judicial verdict’ calling Labour’s performance on libertarian issues (where it might have been expected to succeed) ’unreliable’ and on the economy (where previous Labour administrations have been known to fail) ’secure’. But with the Government’s and Blair’s popularity on the wane, there was a feeling that it might be time to rein in Alastair Campbell before he further antagonises writers such as Kevin Maguire (Guardian) or Trevor Kavanagh (Sun).

After a less-than-successful January in the media, Downing Street

wanted Labour’s first 1,000 days in office to pass quietly. William

Hague missed an opportunity to attack the Government when PM’s Question

Time was cancelled due to an extended debate on Sinn Fein. The

Guardian’s Hugo Young, according to Roy Greenslade who is one of the few

columnists read by Tony Blair on a regular basis, provided a ’judicial

verdict’ calling Labour’s performance on libertarian issues (where it

might have been expected to succeed) ’unreliable’ and on the economy

(where previous Labour administrations have been known to fail)

’secure’. But with the Government’s and Blair’s popularity on the wane,

there was a feeling that it might be time to rein in Alastair Campbell

before he further antagonises writers such as Kevin Maguire (Guardian)

or Trevor Kavanagh (Sun).



- The result of the journalist survey in last week’s column was: 55 per

cent thought further media mergers were very likely, as opposed to

unlikely.



Westcombe Business Research conducted the interviews.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research.



Cuttings by Durrants. More information can be found at:

www.echoResearch.com.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Would you like to post a comment?

Please Sign in or register.