Media: What The Papers Say - Follett’s fury at Blair fuels the debate on spin

The arguments for and against the black arts of spin doctoring took on a new dimension over the weekend after novelist and Labour supporter Ken Follett in the Observer (2/7). In a blistering attack, Mr Follett accused the Prime Minister of ’unmanly’ actions, including making ’malicious gossip’, an everyday tool of government.

The arguments for and against the black arts of spin doctoring took

on a new dimension over the weekend after novelist and Labour supporter

Ken Follett in the Observer (2/7). In a blistering attack, Mr Follett

accused the Prime Minister of ’unmanly’ actions, including making

’malicious gossip’, an everyday tool of government.



Those peddling the gossip, he said, were nothing more than ’rent boys of

politics’, and ’control-freak Tony’ was behind it. Labour’s spin doctors

were soon on the offensive , calling the article a ’self indulgent rant’

(Mail on Sunday, 2/7).



It was just sour grapes from someone who had been excluded from Labour’s

inner circle. Mr Campbell defended his record in the Mirror (3/7), but

somehow it was hard to believe his claim that ’I never say anything bad

about anyone in this Government’ wasn’t tinged with irony.



The Daily Telegraph (3/7) saw it as a sign Labour’s honeymoon was over.

It was now acceptable to be ’anti-Blair’; it was ’business as

usual’.





Analysis and commentary by Echo Research.



Cuttings by Durrants. More information can be found at:

www.echoResearch.com.



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