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December 17, 2007


Andrew Brown

It'd take something fairly miraculous for forgiveness to enter into the way that politics is reported in our media.

The current structures just don't seem set up to engender that sort of possibility.

But we can only dream of a day when The Daily Mail or Independent can forgive those it currently castigates, or where the people on the Moral Maze admit they don't know what they're on about.

Will Davies

Yes, it is a little far-fetched. But it's not inconceivable that politicians could start to curry favour by pursuing victimhood. Clinton grew more popular, the more he was able to appear persecuted by the Republican Congress; according to Andrew Rawnsley, Blair knew he was going to lose the vote on extending detention without trial but went ahead anyway... It's trickier when you're a Minister, as you have a vast bureaucracy working for you, and that doesn't give you the most forgivable public image. But something for the spin doctors to muse on anyway.

Andy Howell

Spin doctors? Musing? Don't encourage them :-) Some interesting ideas though.

Mind you, thinking about the Moral Maze - I thought that just related to the scrambled head feeling I'm left with whenever I've watched-it!

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