What The Papers Say: Blair counts cost of penning own speech to WI

The PM’s spokesman Alistair Campbell dismissed media reaction to the Women’s Institute annual meeting’s reception to Tony Blair’s self-penned ’overtly political’ speech as ’24-hour babblology’ and insisted that the Government was still delivering on its agenda.

The PM’s spokesman Alistair Campbell dismissed media reaction to

the Women’s Institute annual meeting’s reception to Tony Blair’s

self-penned ’overtly political’ speech as ’24-hour babblology’ and

insisted that the Government was still delivering on its agenda.



This was out of synch with most commentators who saw the ’handbagging’

as further proof that the Government is sliding rapidly downhill. The WI

took the opportunity to reinforce its desire to be seen as a campaigning

body.



Polly Toynbee in the Guardian (8/6) would have preferred the PM to have

engaged in dialogue rather than conducting a ’hit and run visit’.

Several commentators saw Blair as the victim of Government spin doctors,

described by Labour MP Tony Wright as ’the curse of modern politics’

(Mirror, 9/6).



The term ’PR disaster’ was widespread, with Daily Telegraph political

editor George Jones calling it Blair’s ’biggest PR fiasco since becoming

Prime Minister’. The conclusion might be that the PM should listen more

and write fewer speeches.





Analysis and commentary by Echo Research.



Cuttings by Durrants. More information can be found at:

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