Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says. Don't Believe It

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says. Don't Believe It

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"Campbell set to leave"

For about the tenth time in as many days, the press has reported that the Prime Minister's spin-doctor--I refuse to call him anything else--is about to quit. Now I know that summer has come early this year. but surely there are other things to write about. The obsession with the BBC and spin shown by the media themselves is surpassed only by the government's obsession with the topic. In the past week, I spoke to two of Labour's brightest MPs and both of them talked of little else.

Peter Ham obviously felt a little uncomfortable chatting to me before an interview on Radio 5 Live, because he was still angry about something I had written about him that I had completely forgotten about. The conversation soon turned to the whole issue of political reporting. Ham had recently felt the full force of the media when he wanted to talk about tax. …

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