Friday, June 16, 2006
Bad News is News, Good News is Advertising
Imagine if Chippenham or South Northamptonshire had picked a new candidate who was white, male, a lawyer with 2.4 children and a Volvo in the drive. Imagine the headlines there would have been in The Times. CAMERON IN A LIST SNUB, or LOCAL TORIES DELIVER BLOW TO CAMERON. But of course the papers were rather disappointed to see that instead, a black farmer and a woman were chosen. The more fair minded among you may have been expecting to see a headline of BLACK FARMER IN 'A' LIST TRIUMPH or ANDREA LEADSOM - PHEW WHAT A SCORCHER! But you'd be disappointed. There's not a mention of either selection today. Admittedly there was one sentence in yesterday's Telegraph. It is astonishing that neither the Telegraph nor The Times have featured either an interview with or profile of Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones today. But you see good news is advertising. Wait for the first seat to select a non 'A' list white male with a golden retriever and a wife called Tara and you'll see the contrast.