What The Papers Say: Davies affair causes press contradictions

Super spin and speedy despatch of Ron Davies’ resignation by Downing Street were expected by the media.

Super spin and speedy despatch of Ron Davies’ resignation by

Downing Street were expected by the media.



On 28 October, Peter Riddell in the Times said no one was likely to

question Mr Blair’s handling of the matter, which involved a 45-minute

meeting in Downing Street, one media interview and the former Welsh

Secretary’s departure to Wales. However, the Times leader expressed

doubt about the Prime Minister’s resoluteness the very next day.



One question was why Ron Davies’ candidature for the First Minster of

Wales was not renounced directly.



But the main problem was that the explanation of the events given by the

MP was never adequate, and no one accepted that if he resigned, that was

all we needed to know.



Why didn’t Downing Street get the whole truth? It was not offered. The

agenda was already turning to the new Welsh candidates by 30 October,

but the failure to get the full details at the start meant that the

embarrassment will continue.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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