Two Lords-a-Leaping

November 25, 2010

First we’re all told how well off we are: Cue Tory Resignation.

Now another party colleague is eating humble pie for suggesting our sexual appetites –  more or less –  depend on the level of state handouts we receive. 

Lords, MPs (and the clergy)  right left and centre politically speaking. are apologising for….what?  Political gaffes. PR cock-ups. None of them, please notice, actually says they were wrong. 

No, just sorry they said it out loud.  Or, in another famous case, wished to God they’d removed the microphone still attached to their lapel.

PR isn’t just about finding good days to bury bad news its finding enough sticking plaster to gag  friends, allies and colleagues  from opening their mouths too often. If at all.

Well done Howard. You won’t be the last to take flight at the first whiff of critical grapeshot.

Strange, but I actually developed quite a liking for the mansion-owning old duffer who, when confronted by a detailed analysis of his extreme Parliamentary expenses, answered his critics by claiming they were merely jealous he had more money than them.  

Well done to you, sir!

You’re on Candid Cameron

November 10, 2010

Ooops ! Has No 10 learnt nothing from Blair & Campbell?

Just when you might be forgiven for thinking there’s a new broom merrily sweeping away at No 10 – Cameron steps into a political PR puddle.  And it is still rippling.

While exhorting the masses to tighten belts for a bumpy financial ride, Cameron takes on a taxpayer-funded snapper to provide photos …..for what?  His autobiography in 2015 perhaps?

And as taxpayers are funding these happy snaps, do WE actually own them? There’s one for the legal boys to ponder.

All this while staunchly supporting his own Dr of Spin – ex News of the World Editor Andy Coulson – who, one assumes, either suggested it to his Master in the first place, or failed to caution against.

You would have expected the new boy on the block  to have made copious notes about where previous tenants at Downing Street have fallen foul.

Did he lose them amongst the pile of nappies at home in the kitchen?

As he approaches the milestone of 6 months in charge, Cameron  should wipe his notes clean and read them again.

Meanwhile, confronting honorable members opposite will no doubt continue to prompt Labour taunts of  ‘Say cheese’.

And the whole episode, like decomposing gorgonzola, leaves something of a rotten taste.
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