After a less-than-successful January in the media, Downing Street
wanted Labour’s first 1,000 days in office to pass quietly. William
Hague missed an opportunity to attack the Government when PM’s Question
Time was cancelled due to an extended debate on Sinn Fein. The
Guardian’s Hugo Young, according to Roy Greenslade who is one of the few
columnists read by Tony Blair on a regular basis, provided a ’judicial
verdict’ calling Labour’s performance on libertarian issues (where it
might have been expected to succeed) ’unreliable’ and on the economy
(where previous Labour administrations have been known to fail)
’secure’. But with the Government’s and Blair’s popularity on the wane,
there was a feeling that it might be time to rein in Alastair Campbell
before he further antagonises writers such as Kevin Maguire (Guardian)
or Trevor Kavanagh (Sun).
- The result of the journalist survey in last week’s column was: 55 per
cent thought further media mergers were very likely, as opposed to
Westcombe Business Research conducted the interviews.
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