Saturday, April 08, 2006
Is Paul Dacre Still a Gordon Brown Groupie?
"I feel he is one the very few politicians of this administration who's touched by the mantle of greatness... I think he is a genuinely good man...of enormous will-power and courage." Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail on....wait for it....Gordon Brown. Admittedly he said it four years ago in an article in the excellent British Journalism Review, but if you have the editor of Britain's leading Tory leaning newspaper saying such a thing, you do wonder if we're entering a parallel universe, don't you? From reading the Mail lately it doesn't appear as though Dacre has changed his view as he is leading the calls for Blair to go, and go quickly. Looks like Mr Cameron has some work to do. Dacre and the Mail were faily vicious to him in the early days of the leadership contest and only came round to him very late in the day. Ben Brogan, the Mail's Political Editor was certainly pushing Cameron's case but Dacre was not a fan. Only when it was clear that Cameron had an unassailable lead did the Mail formally endorse him. Looks like a good bit of wooing will need to be done - and done quickly.