16 July 2011

Media love

Wow! Like anyone else, I knew that Mr Cameron had occasional meetings with press bosses, but this seems excessive. The Independent reports:

The document [produced by No 10] reveals that since May 2011 [I think they mean May 2010] Mr Cameron had 15 private meetings with News International executives and editors.

In addition he attended three parties held by News International in the past 14 months and attended five events organised by the company. In contrast he met executives from Associated Newspapers, which owns the Daily Mail, only four times, Guardian Newspapers twice, and The Independent and Standard three times. One of those meetings was with the proprietor of The Independent, Evgeny Lebedev.

After News International, the most meetings took place with the Telegraph group, who met Mr Cameron seven times since May.
This is an obsession. Maybe it explains why government has frequently appeared to blunder along, not thinking things through then u-turning when trouble arose.

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