What The Papers Say: Portillo gets his point across in the end

After his selection as Tory candidate for Kensington and Chelsea, Michael Portillo predicted a ’personal and unpleasant campaign’. Labour retorted that it would focus on his anti-Europeanism and ’the Tory party’s lurch to the right’ (FT, 4/11/99).

After his selection as Tory candidate for Kensington and Chelsea,

Michael Portillo predicted a ’personal and unpleasant campaign’. Labour

retorted that it would focus on his anti-Europeanism and ’the Tory

party’s lurch to the right’ (FT, 4/11/99).



A lot of the coverage of Portillo’s route back into politics was focused

on his political rather than personal image, and there was enthusiasm

for his return: ’a politician of the highest class’, said the Express

(4/11/99).



Portillo’s previous admission of past homosexual activities inevitably

surfaced, but the perception of him as a hypocrite stemmed mainly from

Peter Tatchell’s ongoing criticism of his failure to support gay human

rights.



But scepticism about his rebirth as a compassionate, caring politician

was shown by the Mirror’s comment: ’Not so much a makeover as a

fakeover’ (4/11/99).



According to the Evening Standard (3/11/99): the Portillo

’magic ... dazzled party members’. But, ’the ’truth thing’ is

bound ... to haunt the campaign’.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. More information can be found at

www.echoResearch.com.



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