Tory bully boy spinners (part 2) – a more sinister tone…

29th May, 2012 9:44 am

Yesterday I asked why the media are ignoring the bully boy tactics of Tory spinners, especially when they have been so keen to shine their light on unpleasant media practises when Labour spinners have been at fault.

Much of the focus fell on Boris Johnson’s team, but today an article from Johnson biographer Sonia Purnell – entitled “Lust, love and the insinuations Team Boris used to suppress my book” – suggests a more sinister tone to the briefing from Team Boris:

“Indeed, there have been constant insinuations about my motives in writing the book; usually that they were born from lust, love and Boris’s failure to marry me. (The truth is much more boring – someone else suggested it when I badly needed a project after 10 years at home raising two premature babies). This was even put to me as virtual fact on air by a big-name Tory broadcaster on a leading independent radio station. I am told that Team Boris had already started off-the-record briefing sympathetic journalists about my “woman scorned” credentials, clearly some of whom were only too helpful in spreading the false word.

How very unpleasant. Will Johnson apologise for the behaviour of his minions? Or is this culture allowed to thrive in the modern Tory Party?

  • Hugh

    This is a blog founded by Derek Draper, right?

    • http://twitter.com/johnringer John Ringer

      2009 called, it wants its story back.

      • Hugh

         2012 emailed. It wondered what Tom Baldwin still does for a living.

        If it helps, imagine  your reaction reading a Sun editorial decrying gutter journalism.

        • http://twitter.com/johnringer John Ringer

          I think the article makes pretty clear that Labour used bully tactics too. The difference is that the media ignores it when the Tories to it.

          Also, we all know that years cannot use email – I’m calling your bluff.

          • Hugh

             First, it took the press absolutely years to shine the light on Labours’ spinners. Second, since the evidence revealed so far is a very polite, restrained debate between Craig Oliver and a BBC man, a not terribly interesting email by Gutto Harri and complaints from a woman that no one wants to take her book onto the West End, I’d suggest the answer to why this hasn’t received broad press coverage is pretty obvious.

  • charles.ward

    When I clicked on the link above all I found was an advert for her book, can anyone direct me to the actual article?

  • JC

    So not only has Cameron learnt well about how to handle PMQs, the spinners have followed their predecessors as well. Surely this is the behavior that the Labour Party expect and encourage. Why the mock outrage?

  • Winston_from_the_Ministry

    Yeah yeah, I read the guardian this morning too.

  • Clearbell.

    Easy answer to this: someone else should write about Tory spinners. Preferably someone with impeccable credentials and no axe to grind….although that would mean it’d be boring.

  • Billsilver

    Why are you wasting your time here Mark Ferguson?
    Incredulous that Tories have spin-doctors? Really?
    Are you too young to remember Alastair Shambles, Lord Peter Resignations of unloved memory, Damian MacBride the smearer, and Blair the flirter with the truth?
    No mate, you just spend a little time reflecting on the betrayal of the working class by New Labour, the accumulation of massive national debt, and Ed Balls’ pathetic and wrong knee-jerk reactions to errrr almost everything.
    Then write something worth reading – and give it a bit of passion and real sincerity too.

    • Clearbell.

       So you don’t think the fraud sub-prime mortgage, ridiculous financial instruments or the banks being under-capitalised have anything to do with the so-called “recession”?

      • Billsilver

        Read what I wrote, don’t read what I didn’t write.

Latest

  • Featured Labour launch NHS week tomorrow with a new poster and a dossier to highlight Tory deception

    Labour launch NHS week tomorrow with a new poster and a dossier to highlight Tory deception

    Tomorrow Labour will launch NHS week – to highlight the damage that the Tories will do to the health service. This will include a new poster (launched tomorrow and featured below) and a dossier which will highlight that the Tories are deceiving the electorate when it comes to NHS spending. In particular the party will point out that the Conservative’s plan to double the pace of cuts in 2016 would seriously damage the NHS and that they won’t explain where […]

    Read more →
  • News Cooper slams “immoral” Theresa May, and calls for Med rescue to be restarted ASAP

    Cooper slams “immoral” Theresa May, and calls for Med rescue to be restarted ASAP

    After the tragic reports overnight that hundreds of people have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat capsized, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has called on the EU to “restart the rescue” as soon as possible. Cooper also slammed Theresa May’s behaviour – arguing that rescue operations should be stopped in order to deter others from coming – as “immoral”. Here’s what she had to say: “Today’s dreadful and distressing tragedy shows how urgently we need EU and international action to prevent thousands […]

    Read more →
  • Comment How the Tories turned me into a Labour councillor

    How the Tories turned me into a Labour councillor

    General elections have a way of focusing the mind and crystallising the differences between Britain’s political parties. And so the old accusation that “you’re all the same” seems to have lost its resonance in recent weeks. The Greens and UKIP are receding in the polls, and the traditional red-blue choice is returning to the fore. The stark choice between five more years of Dickensian policies under David Cameron’s Tories or an economy that works for all under Ed Miliband’s Labour is […]

    Read more →
  • News Labour will make the railways a priority if they win in May

    Labour will make the railways a priority if they win in May

    Labour will make their rail plans a priority if they win in May and launch a review of the franchising system in their first 100 days of government. The Labour party’s plans for the railways would allow public sector companies to bid on rail franchises against firms. The Sunday Times have reported that Labour would start this process off immediately and that they may put the existing franchising process on hold while they conduct a review into it. A party […]

    Read more →
  • Video When Ed Miliband met a hen party

    When Ed Miliband met a hen party

    Ed Miliband was in the North West yesterday. This is what happened when he got to Chester, and his battlebus bumped into a hen party: Selfie! Selfie! Selfie!

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit