So the Conservatives have dominated the news this week, and surely will for a while.
Some of this is for bad reasons, like Andy Coulson being implicated in a phone bugging scandal. Labour are positively relishing attacking the Tories for dirty tricks. Here’s a snippet from an insightful piece in PR Week:
“One senior Labour source in regular contact with Gordon Brown’s inner circle told PRWeek: ‘Cameron wants to present himself as the man who’s going to clean up politics. That’s going to be difficult if the public think his right-hand man is a complete sleazeball.’
Another Labour insider said that senior party figures had been thrashing out a strategy to target Coulson since the news emerged yesterday. The source said the aim was have Coulson ‘wounded, but still there’.
The source added that if Coulson was to hang on by Cameron’s side, then Labour would be able to target him heavily him during last four weeks of a general election campaign.”
Rather than link to anything else, I’m sure you’ll find much better, up to date coverage from ITN, BBC etc … This story ain’t going to go away for a while, and I’ll bet that Labour won’t be talking about much else. Especially not with a by-election campaign happening in Norwich North. Only thing is, if Labour do play on this story in the run up to that poll, their strategy will be to focus on sleaze (which pushed out the incumbent Labour MP there) and increase disaffection with the major political parties. It may damage the Tories, but won’t it damage Parliament more in the long run?
And whilst I’m writing this David Cameron profile (and I’ve got to find paid employment or a full-time internship this week – any suggestions appreciated!) why not read what the New York Times Magazine’s full profile out this Sunday but available online today, for free. It’s no wonder they’re not making any money, it’s good, well-researched stuff but free before people even have a chance to give them money for it. But I digress.
Here’s the photo the NYTimes has chosen to put with their Cameron profile. I can’t decide whether it’s showing him as a faceless politico or whether he’s hiding behind his copy of The Guardian.