What The Papers Say: Hogg roasted for making a pig’s ear of it

After the row over meat hygiene and the suppression of a report on falling standards in abattoirs, the good news for Douglas Hogg is that it probably won’t go on much longer and he can turn his attention to getting re-elected. The Observer on 16 March had him top of a league table of incompetent and accident-prone Tory ministers, while George Parker, politicial correspondent of the FT revealed that his new nickname is Swampy because ’he keeps digging himself further into a hole’.

After the row over meat hygiene and the suppression of a report on

falling standards in abattoirs, the good news for Douglas Hogg is that

it probably won’t go on much longer and he can turn his attention to

getting re-elected. The Observer on 16 March had him top of a league

table of incompetent and accident-prone Tory ministers, while George

Parker, politicial correspondent of the FT revealed that his new

nickname is Swampy because ’he keeps digging himself further into a

hole’.



Interestingly neither cartoonists nor letter-writers seemed to be going

for the political jugular, leaving that to the political and editorial

desks. When the government came out of last week’s coverage relatively

unscathed, it was usually at the expense of MAFF, a Whitehall department

that all commentators agreed was unlikely to be allowed to exist

whichever party wins on 1 May. The Independent on Sunday called it ’A

ministry due for slaughter’ while the Daily Mail said even civil

servants regarded it as ’secretive and incompetent’.



- Evaluation and analysis by Carma International.



Cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers

Say’ can also be found at: http//www.carma.com/carma



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