The publication of the Government’s second annual report with a
low-key launch at Homerton Hospital proved a bigger non-event than the
Cabinet reshuffle. Compared to coverage of last year’s
presidential-style affair, there was little interest in what Boris
Johnson in the Daily Telegraph called ’an 87-page orgy of
Attention was focused on the admission by Blair that the Government
’could do better’ on a number of issues. The report was also criticised
for its lack of independent scrutiny - ’rhetoric has run consistently
ahead of reality’, wrote Anne McElvoy (Independent Review).
The decision to sell the ’voter-friendly’ report in Tesco and WH Smith
gave several of the commentators cause for amusement, while William
Hague was quick to highlight the cost to the taxpayer of what he
dismissed as ’a public relations exercise’.
Nevertheless, Tony Blair left for his summer holiday safe in the
knowledge that, according to the media, Labour remains as popular as
when it took power.
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