Better news Sunday!

Sunday morning reading the newspapers often leaves me feeling like a client for suicide watch, and no time like the present, with recession, even slump threatening, nasty politics. etc. But today, what a pleasant surprise!
First, in Scottish politics, what a difference a day makes: good news for Gordon Brown! A 14 point Labour lead in the first poll held specifically in Glasgow East.

And from the unlikely quarter of the mainly pro-Tory Sunday Telegraph, from Matthew d’Ancona, the first piece of encouragement for Brown from anyone for ages: a victory in Glasgow East could be the ramp for his fight back.

All this sunny stuff leaves the Sunday Times trailing with yesterday’s stale old Labour panic angle.

Do sudden switches of mood like these tell us more about the press than the politicians?

Note that d’Ancona, who carries a torch for Brown although its flame has been flickering lately, sympathises with the Prime Minister’s criticism of the media for the burial of ideas by the 24-hour news cycle, the obsession of the political and media class with personality and personal connection, and the consequent impossibility of explaining, and winning public support for, strategic Government decisions.

Brown’s complaint echoes Tony Blair’s swan song tilt at the “feral” media.

A similar but much broader theme is key to the Independent on Sunday’s piece on the latest massive international report, which concludes we are not making imaginative enough use of new technologies to save the planet.

This is a unique time in history. Mobile phones, the internet, international trade, language translation and jet planes are giving birth to an interdependent humanity that can create and implement global strategies to improve [its] prospects. It is increasingly clear that the world has the resources to address our common challenges. Ours is the first generation with the means for many to know the world as a whole, identify global improvement systems, and seek to improve [them].”

So we’re not doomed after all!

I can’t take any more of this positive stuff. I’m off to brunch and back to trivia.

  • dewi

    That’s a perfect poll for the SNP to be honest (He would say that wouldn’t he!) Behind but in touch with 11 days to go. On a psephological point differential turnout in a low turnout constituency will be a big benefit (not reflected in Poll)

  • Napoleons nose.

    I can’t take any more of this positive stuff

    Eh?

    On the other hand, the report warns “half the world is vulnerable to social instability and violence due to rising food and energy prices, failing states, falling water tables, climate change, decreasing water-food-energy supply per person, desertification and increasing migrations due to political, environmental and economic conditions”.

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    Do sudden switches of mood like these tell us more about the press than the politicians?

    No I think people are becoming more critically aware of a media stuffed full of people with their own agendas. Look what happened to conservative fortunes in Scotland when the leftist BBC treated them so unfavourably for decades.
    Or the treatment of Robin Cook after he dumped his wife at the airport in favour of his latest new model. Remember that. Any conservative caught in a similar situation would be ripped to shreds.
    But hey the media only tell it like it is shure they would never editorialise or bring in their own agendas. never

  • cynic

    “the obsession of the political and media class with personality and personal connection, and the consequent impossibility of explaining, and winning public support for, strategic Government decisions”

    ….. sorry Brian but hasnt it ever been thus and what we have with Brown is a fundamental inability to explain and engage the wider public who are now often better informed and rightly and deeply sceptical of the motives of politicians.

    As for the 24 hour news cycle, yes it has to be filled and sometimes with trivia or with superficial analysis. But again, whose fault is that? What a heaven sent opportunity for Government desperate to get its message across when there are media outlets with acres of airtime to fill – but the Government are just not up to it. The problem they face is that filling the space exposes the vacuity of their policies. They are unable to engage and inspire. In some sense the media are the neutral carrier.

    I really think that we are in a new era of new media (like Slugger and the traditional outlets) that demands a new resposne from Government. Sad thing is they dont even seem to realise it.

  • Elvis Parker

    Phew the Tories will be delighted they want Capt Brown to stay at the helm!