Tomorrow night Liam Fox MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, is speaking at a CIPR event called 'the politics of spin'. I wonder how Mr Fox's views will differ to those in John Lloyd's hugely entertaining Finanical Times article titled 'the truth about spin'?
Extensive discussions have taken place over the weekend on the blogs of Neville Hobson (28 comments and counting!), David Tebbutt, Philip Young, Antony Mayfield and others about this FT article. The most entertaining portion of the article is below. You've gotta love that attitude.
There is a phrase attributed to, among others, Harold Evans when he was editor of The Sunday Times, which was advice given to his reporters: “Always ask yourself, when interviewing a politician, why is this bastard lying to me?” It’s been denounced as cynical, but it’s from a more innocent age. It was self-servingly innocent to assume that “lying” is a one-sided phenomenon. Today, advice by any government communications adviser to ministers, MPs, civil servants and political aides would be a variation on the Evans advice: “Always ask yourself, when being interviewed by a journalist, how will this bastard distort what I’m saying?”
[disclaimer - Liam Fox MP is speaking at the LEWIS Media Centre]