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Date: 2007-09-18 16:12
Subject: political pic of the day
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Music:tedious conversation
I'm a fan of the Lib Dems, bless 'em, and I have enormous respect for Ming Campbell, and I'm sure he has very capable media advisers.
So why in the name of humanity did no one mention to him not to do this?
All day long the air has been filled with the sound of satirical caption-writers sharpening their pens. If not their wits...
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-09-18 17:53 (UTC)
Subject: all but lost on me...
Gaffes,inappropriate comments, faux pas, unfortunate turns of phase, and other forms of self-inflicted embarrassment have always been in the realm of those who seek office, yearn for power, and othewise like to apply their Swengali ways. What is the bigger difference today is that the Press feels that it's their duty to publicize them. Mother's words, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all," used to be the generally held principle. Now that more believe Groucho Marx' version, "If you you can't say anything nice, go ahead and say it," we are stuck with the consequences.

Is that good? Is it bad? I believe that the Freedom of the Press, whether British or American style, is important; however, that means that the rest of us are called to a much higher standard just to keep the vultures at bay. Anyone for refinement of character, principled behavior, and rectitude of conduct?

-the usual
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User: hutch0
Date: 2007-09-18 21:05 (UTC)
Subject: Re: all but lost on me...
To be fair, I haven't seen any scurrilous cartoons yet of Ming Campbell pointing at the toilet and captioned `That's where my political career is,' or something along those lines. But the week's not over yet.
You know I believe in a free press, for better or for worse. My point was that in today's image-conscious soundbite world, a public figure, particularly a political one, has to be ever so careful what they do. Ming Campbell's already facing questions about whether at his age he's fit to run the Lib Dems - it's the most-asked question I've heard in interviews with MPs and delegates at Conference this week - and the thing with the toilet was just a media-handling slip.
Maybe I'm making too much of it, but I can't imagine Gordon Brown's image handlers letting him make the same mistake. Blair would never have even gone near that toilet.
Is it a trivial thing? Sure. I just thought it was an elementary mistake and for a fraction of a second it makes the Lib Dems look like amateurs compared with Labour's spin machine. Although that isn't what it used to be.
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