As Mirror columnist Paul Routledge put it: ’If you don’t have
anything new to say, don’t invite the press out to Hertfordshire on a
William Hague and Michael Portillo took the latest Tory campaign outside
the M25 and were largely ignored by a press pack who are currently
enjoying the sport of Blair-bating. Hague’s message concentrated on
saving the pound, rather than opposing the euro, but a number of former
Tory big guns were wheeled out to provide ammunition for the pro-Europe
There was plenty of opportunity for journalists to indulge themselves in
’white van man’ and ’back-of-a-lorry’ jokes, and a certain prurience
evident in their interest in Hague’s clothing, described in the Guardian
as a ’brown, rustic sort of jacket, more suitable for a night gassing
At least the Tories were given credit for their choice of vehicle - a
Leyland Daf seven-tonner. The press would have had a field day if he had
gone with a Volvo or Mercedes.
Analysis and commentary by Echo Research.
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