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Ha ha ha!

Dhamaka says:

I've been very uncomfortable with the way many things have been expressed in this election and afterwards.. by both politicians and press

8th May 2010, 16:05

rhys says:

I thought this one was quite funny. You can always rely on The Sun for a unique headline.

9th May 2010, 11:55

Dhamaka says:

it got used quite a lot on radio 4

11th May 2010, 13:30

Anonymous says:

It's not funny, Rhys - read some constitutional law & then ask yourself why Murdoch's outlets might be keen to put such a disingenous & inaccurate construction on events.
Vernon Bogdanor is a good read on constitutional law (the fact that he was Camron's tutor may even be going some way to inhibit the tories from joining in with their owners).

11th May 2010, 14:49

hildegard says:

Again with the failure to log in. Or to spell correctly. Meh me.

11th May 2010, 20:12

rhys says:

I’ve never read any constitutional law in my life and I’m not going to pretend to have done so.

I only read this headline when buying The Guardian and can safely say I’ve never bought The Sun in my life, you may be pleased to know. However, what I do credit The Sun for is their wit which, agreed, may be at the expense of others and deceitful a lot of the time but as a headline it certainly made me smile, and think. It’s the first time I’ve seen a PM be referred to as a squatter and while not being an accurate reflection of his status at the time its connotations probably reflected a lot of public opinion.

Anyway, as Taniwha says it’s now down to Cameron...

11th May 2010, 21:14

Helen says:

If too many people read up on their constitutional law I suspect the Queen's days would be numbered.

11th May 2010, 22:52

hildegard says:

It's the deceit I find unbearable - you know it used to be a Labour paper, don't you? The past is indeed another country. Bogdanor's honestly a good read though, & well, it's our constitution, in all its haphazard, unwritten, weirdy loveliness - go on, give it a bash...

(Edit) There's a Bogdanor for everyone & H, for you, I'm thinking; "The Monarchy and the Constitution". An oldie but a goodie. ;)
Hasten to add that I don't perforce agree with him when he forms judgements but do like the highly informative way he gets there.

11th May 2010, 23:05

gofes says:

And a Tory paper before that:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_The_Sun_Wot_Won_It

The amount of influence that Australian American has scares me. The Labour Conservative swing of it's readership was well above the national.

The Times has had it's fair share of dodgy articles as well.

11th May 2010, 23:21

hildegard says:

The Telegraph needs to go sit on the Naughty Step for a wee while too. Did you see the Odone hatchet job on Evan Davies?

Can't get yr link to work but from the title, I'm guessing we might be chronogically out of synch - The Sun was a Labour paper at inception (1964), being the relaunched Daily Herald, whose majority shareholder had been the TUC, & it remained a broadly left-leaning paper for some years.
The Sun veered to the Right in '78, falling in love with the Iron Handbag & only returning to Labour once the party was led by a Young Conservative (T Blair).

12th May 2010, 02:33

Helen says:

H, I will put it on the list (I guess it's worth the hefty price tag, or maybe I should make my way to the OXfam bookshop in Headingley).

A quick scan of the front pages of the papers yesterday morning threw me into utter confusion... each one seemed to claim something different... all with the same tone of factual authority.

12th May 2010, 17:59

gofes says:

I guess you mean Evan Harris!
Bit gutted he lost his seat. I'm sure there was a awful article in the Mail about him as well. Not forgetting the Animal Rights fellow standing against him as wel.

12th May 2010, 19:38

Anonymous says:

Hahaha! OMG, yes, Harris not Davies - I've been mainlining newsmeeja for days, suppose it was inevtiable I'd get my Evanses muddled at some point. Though no doubt Odone would love to drip her venom over ED as well, given half a chance.

Oh lordie, Keith Mann, the Citizen Smith of veganism? Sigh, sigh & thrice sigh; I had no idea. His election materials seem fairly vile & will no doubt have garnered lots of votes for the "conservative christian" who won the seat.

12th May 2010, 20:26