Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Storm in a tea cup
Reflection on The Sun's persecution of Gordon Brown

The Sun has a right, to run with any story that may be of public interest, however, looking back on the aftermath of what in effect was a storm in a tiny tea cup; The Sun is guilty of three things

  • Poorly gauging public opinion and embarrassingly, the opinion of its readership after only 25% of respondents on its website showed support for the coverage.

  • Shameful levels of hypocrisy, by misspelling the family name of Jacqui Janes as “Jones”, days after ridiculing Brown for the same thing.
  • Smoke screening serious issues at play, with a machine gun attempt at politically assassinating Gordon Brown i.e. the downfall of the Labour government, alleged military equipment shortages and the true costs of a dirty “unwinnable” war.

Jacqui Janes was understandably heartbroken at the loss of her son, who joined the toll of 233 soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan since 2001; Jamie Janes’ death is a sad and tragic cost of our conflict in the Middle East. What’s unique about this story is despite the facts The Sun exploited this woman’s grief to attack Labour and Brown by placing disproportionate focus on Brown’s handwriting.

Hundreds of soldiers put their lives at risk daily, hundreds of families are affected by the conflict; the absolute last thing worth talking about is handwriting quality.


Gordon Brown’s handwriting
a cause for concern?
Photo: PA/DANNY LAWSON

The fact remains we have a Prime Minister who, for better or for worse, cares enough to respond personally to tragedy.
Surely that’s a positive thing?


- Mr. Devo

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