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Petard

Posted in Uncategorized by ukliberty on June 12, 2007

Tony Blair on the media:

In the analysis I am about to make, I first acknowledge my own complicity. We paid inordinate attention in the early days of New Labour to courting, assuaging, and persuading the media. In our own defence, after 18 years of Opposition and the, at times, ferocious hostility of parts of the media, it was hard to see any alternative. But such an attitude ran the risk of fuelling the trends in communications that I am about to question.

It is also hard for the public to know the facts, even when subject to the mos minute scrutiny, if those facts arise out of issues of profound controversy, as the Hutton Inquiry showed.

What creates cynicism is not mistakes; it is allegations of misconduct. But misconduct is what has impact.

I do believe this relationship between public life and media is now damaged in a manner that requires repair. The damage saps the country’s confidence and self-belief; it undermines its assessment of itself, its institutions; and above all, it reduces our capacity to take the right decisions, in the right spirit for our future.

The solution seems pretty obvious: stop the spin, stop the lies, stop the misconduct.

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