Labour vs Fleet Street
Gordon Brown unveiled his party's manifesto today. Full details here. Half-Blair:
We must build a Britain where no unemployed person can have a lifetime on the dole, but will have to accept work, and where those who come here contribute to our country but those who can't or won't don't come, a Britain where anti-social behaviour and crime are dealt with quickly, where those who break the rules pay the price; and where, if you don't get action, you can take out an injunction at the authority's expense to secure the justice you need.
Which is the party of the family, promising to protect child tax credits, the child trust fund, and sure start and to give all new dads a month with their babies and help to buy the family home? Which is the party of making work pay, pledging a rising minimum wage, and the end of benefits for life? Which is the party of [socialized medicine], offering, in return for national insurance, legal rights on GP access, waiting times and cancer tests? Which is the party of growth and jobs, with a programme to deliver a million more skilled jobs?
The journalists didn't like the stagecraft. Paul Waugh:
God this North Korean rally atmosphere for the press conference is appalling. Surprised hacks not put in the stocks for asking sensible Qs.
And it gets a little ugly:
Labour ganging up on the hacks ... Cabinet jumping in to back up their man. Tis like a fight in a Motherwell pub car park.
Tis true, I swear on't.