Friday, June 01, 2007

Not A Campbell

The Conservative Party has a new Communications Director, and he's a Wickford boy, educated at Beauchamps High School no less! Andy Coulson is the former editor of the News of the World, and, of course, that has led some so compare him with Alistair Campbell. All I can say is, God, I hope not. Campbell is a proven liar. He lied as a print journalist when I used to read him in Today, and he brought his poison to professional politics as Blair's éminence grise. Michael Howard efficiently filleted him on Newsnight a while back, when he said what most of us had been thinking for years.

The fiasco over grammar schools certainly shows that the Conservative Party needs a better grip on communications. What is doesn't need is another amoral spinner. Let's trust it hasn't got one.

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