MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Blair fails to dazzle with UK annual report

The last week of the summer term proved to be fairly testing for Tony Blair. Following his Cabinet reshuffle, he presented his first annual report to an invited audience in the garden at No 10. Criticised for ducking a Parliamentary showdown, as well as for misusing public money, the main objection, ably delivered by the Liberal Democrats, was that Blair’s report was neither independent nor objective.

The last week of the summer term proved to be fairly testing for

Tony Blair. Following his Cabinet reshuffle, he presented his first

annual report to an invited audience in the garden at No 10. Criticised

for ducking a Parliamentary showdown, as well as for misusing public

money, the main objection, ably delivered by the Liberal Democrats, was

that Blair’s report was neither independent nor objective.



The Government’s record of achievement, particularly in Northern

Ireland, was well iterated, but most commentators were quick to point

out tremors of recession and the recent social security ructions as

proof that not everything in the garden was rosy. The PM himself took

credit for his growing stature as a leader, but there was a feeling that

he had been let down by several of his prefects.



The Daily Telegraph called the report: ’vain, self-serving and

misleading’.



The Mirror, emblazoned its pounds 95,000 cost across its front page. The

next day, Blair and family flew to Italy and media attention

followed.



Broadcast 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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