David Cameron was fighting to save the Tories' reputation last night...the demise of Spelman would be a major blow to the party's image and its leader.
Not even her worst enemy has suggested she would have to resign. Later on page 8 she does a bit of cheerleading for 42 days concentrating on the fact that the Telegraph's ICM poll says the public support 42 days. Nothing wrong with that, but not a mention of the fact that the very same poll puts Labour on its worst ever poll rating. Strange that. It merely says Labour the trail Conservatives badly in the general popularity ratings. Wouldn't Observer readers actually like to know the figures? 42-26-21. I reckon that's newsworthy, don't you?
There then follows a two page spread headline How Sleaze Came Back to Haunt the Tories. Again, nothing wrong with that, but wouldn't you have thought there might be a mention somewhere in the piece of similar or worse allegations that have been made against politicians from other parties? Clearly not.
If I got a new job, say with the BBC, and then spent the next few weeks writing stories about how terrible ITV was, don't you think people might find that just the teensiest bit odd?
It's called 'declaring an interest'. It clearly must apply to politicians, but why do journalists think it doesn't apply to them?
UPDATE: And as if for good measure, later in the paper there's an article by....cue drum roll ... Alan Johnson!