Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"No More Euro Spin"

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"No More Euro Spin"

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Who was the mysterious "senior government source or "Whitehall source" who briefed "leading media opinion-formers" about our new line on the European constitution? It won't surprise you to know that I wasn't one of those invited to the Foreign Office last Monday to get the new Euro line, but I can tell you that the secret "source" was none other than the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw.

Why on earth do lobby hacks continue to play the silly government game by refusing to tell the nation who has briefed them? On the Wednesday, Jack Straw told the BBC's political editor, Andrew Marr, and ITN's Nick Robinson that ratification of the European constitution was no longer absolutely necessary. This was an astonishing political story and changed the whole nature of the debate on the constitution. Despite this, neither Marr nor Robinson felt it necessary to tell their millions of viewers how they came about the new line. …

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