One of the striking things about the wall to wall hackgate coverage on the 24 hours news channels is the absence of Tory voices defending the Prime Minister. It is coming to something when the leader of another political party, Nick Clegg, is doing more to defend the PM than most of the Tory members of the Cabinet.As many of the comments point out, perhaps the reluctance to defend Cameron is due to... erm ...how do I put this? He's not very popular? All PMs have difficulties but Cameron has only been in the job for a year - he's coming undone faster than an 'undone' machine, in an 'undone' factory in 'undonesville'.
One minister told me earlier that Number 10 was having trouble getting people to go on TV to bat for the PM. While many Tories are wondering where their party chairman is, in these circumstances you would expect her to be touring the TV studios.
Number 10 needs to hit the phones and get able, media-savvy Tory MPs to defend the PM in public and private. They also need to counter-attack, pointing out that Labour under Blair and Brown also got far too close to Murdoch and News International.
Monday, 18 July 2011
I really don't want to comment on the continuing phone scandal, but...but I can't resist: