Sunday, 24 May 2009

Blunkett Lost His Voice?

Whilst David Blunkett is used as the heading in this post, it is equally relevant to all politicians. Why cannot politicians speak for themselves; why must they all have 'spokesman'? Are all these 'spokesman' paid by the state?

Politicians stand accused, amongst many things, of having made themselves remote from their electorate and the 'man in the street' - and something guaranteed to make the gap even wider is this use of 'spokesman'.

Whether Blunkett makes a return is neither 'here nor there' personally - cause he won't be there long!

At the risk of inviting abuse, I have to ask - if Blunkett does return to government - will this be an example of the blind leading the blind?


Macheath said...

The Guardian's Nick Davies in 'Flat Earth News' quotes (Alastair Campbell's former deputy) Lance Price's 'Spin Doctor's Diary':
"I've written two letters to William Hague this week, one from Ian McCartney and one from Robin Cook."Davies suggests that most of the quotes that appear via the press offices are manufactured, and that this is understood by reporters; 'as long as the readers don't realise, nobody is worried'.

Mark Wadsworth said...

It's always puzzled me, to be honest, but I simplify matters by neither believing what politicians say nor what their spokesmen (or indeed spokeswomen) say.

I hope that helps.