Is it me, or is the fact that the 666th post on this blog is about Gordon Brown a little discomforting?
The British Journalism Review’s recent blog post on Mr Brown speaks of the desire for the demise of Blair-spin. We hope it eventuates. It may be a less ﬂashy era than that of cool Britannia, which worked to overturn the hostile elements of anti-Labour media, but if Mr Brown is prepared to knuckle down and do a good job, there may be no need for spin, the refuge of the directionless. Flashiness may be remembered fondly by the masses, but Britons may not want presidential PMs. As the Review noted:
We hope Gordon Brown will want to mark a change of regime by insisting on a more straightforward approach from government spokesmen and ministers. Journalists and public alike would welcome a truce in what has become a damaging crossﬁre of misinformation: selective leaking and contradictory brieﬁngs by factions inside the party in power, and highly polished innuendo and personal sniping, rather than legitimate, fact-based criticism, by the media.
I submit that transparency, even a recognition of some foul-ups, would be a great start to a positive era. Or is that too much to hope for within politics? Posted by Jack Yan, 23:57
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