The arguments for and against the black arts of spin doctoring took
on a new dimension over the weekend after novelist and Labour supporter
Ken Follett in the Observer (2/7). In a blistering attack, Mr Follett
accused the Prime Minister of ’unmanly’ actions, including making
’malicious gossip’, an everyday tool of government.
Those peddling the gossip, he said, were nothing more than ’rent boys of
politics’, and ’control-freak Tony’ was behind it. Labour’s spin doctors
were soon on the offensive , calling the article a ’self indulgent rant’
(Mail on Sunday, 2/7).
It was just sour grapes from someone who had been excluded from Labour’s
inner circle. Mr Campbell defended his record in the Mirror (3/7), but
somehow it was hard to believe his claim that ’I never say anything bad
about anyone in this Government’ wasn’t tinged with irony.
The Daily Telegraph (3/7) saw it as a sign Labour’s honeymoon was over.
It was now acceptable to be ’anti-Blair’; it was ’business as
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