Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spin that

Andy Coulson's memorable departure, the day after we found out about Alan Johnson's marital troubles, shows what being a spin doctor really means - you even have to spin your own sacking (or at least bury it on a big news day).

The most sinister side of the whole Coulson saga is that being perceived as having condoned (if not commissioned) criminal behaviour doesn't prevent you becoming a senior government official, nor indeed does it lead to any effective police action, provided you work for Rupert Murdoch of course.

On the other side of the Atlantic, you can broadcast incitements to violence and slander individuals and organizations with impunity - again if you happen to work for Rupert Murdoch.

All of which is tragic, because I'm sick of my Virgin media package and would like to switch to Sky, but how can I?