What The Papers Say: Labour spins off in tobacco gravel trap

Fox hunters, beagles and cold pensioners would be well-advised to sign up Messrs Ecclestone and Mosley to plead their cause. New Labour’s pre-election stance was against tobacco promotion in all its forms. Eschewing professional lobbyists, motor-racing’s svengalis shunted Labour into the first major U-turn of the new administration, to exempt Formula 1 from the proposed ban on tobacco sponsorship. Some commentators saw this as a sign of strength in Tony Blair, notably Peter Oborne in the Express on 9 Nov: ’Tobacco U-turn is Blair’s finest hour’.

Fox hunters, beagles and cold pensioners would be well-advised to

sign up Messrs Ecclestone and Mosley to plead their cause. New Labour’s

pre-election stance was against tobacco promotion in all its forms.

Eschewing professional lobbyists, motor-racing’s svengalis shunted

Labour into the first major U-turn of the new administration, to exempt

Formula 1 from the proposed ban on tobacco sponsorship. Some

commentators saw this as a sign of strength in Tony Blair, notably Peter

Oborne in the Express on 9 Nov: ’Tobacco U-turn is Blair’s finest

hour’.



The real story was a political one, pitting Frank Dobson against his

deputy Tessa Jowell. But the story put up side shows: Ms Jowell’s

husband’s involvement with Benetton, Richard Branson’s vow to find

non-tainted cash and the return of Bernie Ecclestone’s donation to the

Labour Party.



For once, Britain agreed with other EU partners, none of whom wanted to

give F1’s moneymen an open invitation to decamp to the Pacific Rim where

tobacco advertising is blatant and legal.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by The

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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