Yesterday's Conservative policy announcement on school discipline disappeared behind wall to wall coverage of criticism by someone most people in the Conservative Party have never heard of. It's often said that politicians are obsessed with personalities rather than issues. That may or may not be so, but it is certainly the case with much of our media.
Have you noticed that whenever there is a 'Tories in trouble' story, the same old faces are wheeled out - Edward Leigh, Stuart Wheeler, Lord Saatchi etc. I'd love to know what relevance any of them have to today's Conservative Party. It just doesn't merit front page headlines when some 'has been' or 'never was' criticises the party leadership.
Philip Cowley has shown that Gordon Brown has suffered more backbench rebellions in his first month as PM than any of his recent predecessors.
When compared to other post-war Prime Ministers, it is noticeable how many rebellions Brown suffered in his first month, how large they were, how quickly they occurred, and how many MPs they involved. In all of these four areas, the Brown Government has already set post-war records for backbench dissent. This shortbriefing paper (pdf, 45k) gives the scores on the doors.
Has this been reported anywhere by the print or broadcast media? No. I don't say this to accuse the media of any kind of bias - merely to point out that they've been so taken in by Brown's whirlwind first month that maybe they are following the wrong agenda.