A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Is the Sun already turning against Cameron?

It's a shame that

a) all us Labour people have stopped buying the Sun since it turned against us (or we just buy one to rip up in the style of Tony Woodley)


b) that Rupert Murdoch is such a Luddite when it comes to free content on the Internet that this article isn't linkable to online

because you'll just have to take my word for it that there's an absolutely searing attack on Cameron and the Tories in today's Sun by former editor Kelvin MacKenzie.

He asks why Cameron is only on 37% in the polls when Michael Howard was on 33% "when we were all billionaires".

He concludes it is because Zac Goldsmith "represents the rich boys club which so dominates the leadership of the Tory Party ... I worry that they don't really understand the ordinary working man and woman in this country ... The trouble is, I'm not sure that the Tories haven't simply become a Jobcentre Plus for Old Etonians. Gordon Brown has made a terrible hash of things but his heart has always been in the right place. If the Tories want to run our country, they must prove to the electorate that the heart is not something simply next to the wallet."

Seems like the PM's attack at PMQs on the Old Etonian wing of the Tories has not gone down too badly with the spiritual heirs to the Norman Tebbit wing of Toryism.

MacKenzie won't have written this article without clearance higher up in the News International hierarchy. Extraordinary that they have on a day when Mandelson has been attacking them.

Is the Sun's honeymoon with Cameron going to be the shortest on record?

What has Dave done to upset Rupert and his gang?

Does Rupert want to see a repeat of the leadership coup in Australia's Liberal Party (i.e. their Tories) where climate change deniers ousted centrist leader Malcolm Turnbull, who was looking to pursue green policies, replacing him with a hardline rightwinger?

Just this once it is worth gritting your teeth and buying a copy of the Sun to read the whole thing (hopefully that plea will stop News International from suing me for quoting from their precious intellectual property) - who knows if the circulation spikes they might reconsider their overall editorial stance on the next election?


Blogger Kerry said...

I've been reading Gyles Brandreth's account of his time as a Tory MP. On 5th December 1996 an opinion poll was published showing Labour on 57%, which sounds ridiculously high, but it's a clear reminder that Cameron hasn't sealed the deal and shows no sign of being able to do so.

12:37 pm, December 03, 2009

Blogger Simon said...

Strange that Politics Home aren't carrying the link to The Sun's piece in in their Comment & Analysis section.

Nothing to do with Lord Ashcroft I suppose ;)

12:57 pm, December 03, 2009

Blogger Guido Fawkes said...

1. Kelvin does whatever Kelvin fuckin' wants without asking anyone else.

2. Simon you twat it ain't online. As Luke says above. State educated are you?

3:01 pm, December 03, 2009

Anonymous The Real Arnold said...

You're the twat, Guido. Simon was being funny. Winding up the Tory idiots like yourself.

I would not buy 'The Sun' no matter what Kelvin says about Cameron. There's enough tits in it as it is.

3:46 pm, December 03, 2009

Anonymous Red Rag said...

The Sun attacks Cameron...what ever next...Guiudo Fawkes having a pop at drink drivers?

4:56 pm, December 03, 2009

Blogger kris said...

not unlike Guido's shorting of gold, he's missed-timed the bet that the Conservatives will win.

Cameron's had it gifted to him on a platter, yet as observed above, he's not closing the deal.

Obama never closed the deal against Hillary (and indeed, Hillary won the popular dem vote at the primary) but Obama pulled it off on the basis of "change" "new black president" "anyone but Bush".

Cameron has none of that, He doesn't look like he's got any answers to the labour 2nd hald comeback.

This isn't because labour merits my vote - hardly - but people are beginning to wonder, if Dave can't deal with turning this gift into a win, how can we trust him not to do even more damage than Labour in Government.

and that is saying something - as labour are a shower. It will be like Hackney Labour repeatedly getting reelected despite their incompetence.

6:58 pm, December 03, 2009

Blogger Jimmy said...

Guido needs a Labour government. What would he do without it? Attack the tories?

7:07 pm, December 03, 2009

Anonymous Red Rag said...

Jimmy - Speaking of a Conservative Government....What is the similarity between a Conservative Government and Guido. One's ideas have been proved to be bankrupt in the last few days whilst the other has already......I'll let you fill in the blanks

11:23 pm, December 03, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging by the foulmouthed loonyfest that is Guido's readers comments then even Cameron won't be good enough for them.

The Guido Taliban won't be happy until an English King is leading an all white fourth reich on the island.

11:15 am, December 04, 2009

Blogger Allan said...

I would also say that Team Cameron's inability to handle the negative spin from the initial defection must have had a bearing. After all IF there is a deal, i'm sure the Digger won't have been too pleased at all the speculation over the scrapping of OFCOM and the plans for the BBC.

7:11 pm, December 05, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares - Labour is finished...

...and rightly so - the trouble with people like you Luke is you hate ordinary workers who haven't been to university and studied Karl Marx and other left wing bullshit.

Stop hating the workers Luke and we might start voting for you again.

In the meantime you can all just f*%k off and devise more ways to tax the poor.

Hey - global warming, theres a good wheeze...

10:47 pm, December 06, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

Stopped buying the sun....? Personally the paper is not even fit for toilet paper...as for buying it.

11:04 pm, December 07, 2009


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