The office in which I am working this week has a TV screen on the wall tuned, with the sound turned down, to BBC News 24. So today has been enlivened by noticing, as I look up from my computer screen, the changing nature of the captions along the bottom. I admit, a smile did cross my lips as during the course of the day the captions changed from “Tory Hospital Campaign” to “Tory Hospital Apology”.
I come home to Channel 4 headlines of “Cameron accused of amateurish relaunch” and my smile becomes a laugh.
Now I do have a smidgen of sympathy for a politician caught in the grip of the over mighty news cycle. I do wonder how much of this really is Tory cock-up as opposed to a media slavishly stuck to a particular story line and the stirring of the Labour spin machine. I also wonder whether anyone will end the day better informed about the development of health policy in this country. But these gentle gnawing’s of doubt are soon overwhelmed by the sheer joy of watching Cameron continue to crash and burn.
Who says politics isn’t a great spectator sport!
This content was originally posted on my old Process Guy blog.