What The Papers Say: No positive coverage lights up Archer’s gloom

News of Jeffrey Archer’s admission that he asked a friend to lie in court broke on Sunday, and this review of Sunday and Monday’s news stories found that ’Max Clifford promises more’ was a big message.

News of Jeffrey Archer’s admission that he asked a friend to lie in

court broke on Sunday, and this review of Sunday and Monday’s news

stories found that ’Max Clifford promises more’ was a big message.



The man who shopped the peer claimed he had done it when he realised

Archer ’could be ... mayor’, though the Guardian said it was for the

price of a new car.



Tony Blair’s description of the choice of Lord Archer as mayoral

candidate by William Hague as a ’terrible misjudgement’ was often

repeated. Hague’s endorsement of Lord Archer at the Conservative Party

conference as a candidate of ’probity and integrity’ hurt the Tories,

too, and only the Daily Telegraph spoke up for Hague’s belief in

innocence until guilt was proved.



Affectionate tributes to the colour that Archer brought to the London

election were few. Stefan Shakespeare, Archer’s spokesman, confined

damage limitation to dismissing reports of legal penalties and

repayments, making the rare admission: ’He’s not relishing the

attention.’ Everyone else was.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. More information can be found

at www.echoResearch.com.



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