Blue Labour Go For Murdoch Man
As the next step in their exciting quest to be the New New Labour ('Newer! Bluer! Thicker!), the Tories have ticked another couple of boxes with the appointment of Andy Coulson as their Director of Communications. Coulson, last seen exiting the editorship of the News of the Screws (prop: R. Murdoch) at a rate of knots after a bugging scandal, is seemingly their answer to Alastair Campbell, ten years late. Despite this, they deny anything of the sort, but if it quacks like an ex-tabloid journo turned spin doctor and looks like an ex-tabloid journo turned spin doctor, then it's Campbell 2 and they shouldn't try and deny it.
For any UK political hopeful this has the exciting twin effect of getting Murdoch and the tabloids where they should be in modern, go-ahead Britain - right at the heart of the important business of political presentation, but the rest of us can be excused a sense of enraged bafflement as to why the Tories should continue to trade under the banner 'Official Opposition' without a Trades Descriptions case being brought.
Plus ca change, plus ce sont les bastards as usual.