Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

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Shock disclosure: the editor of The Sun is a closet aesthete. On Friday evening, when his paper received a late Downing Street steer that the General Election was off until June, the Currant Bun's chief sultana David Yelland was in town with his wife - at the ballet. For the rest of the evening Yelland kept slipping out of his seat to take urgent telephone calls from Wapping underlings desperate for advice on how to handle the big volte-face (Blair's decision torpedoed earlier Sun assertions that the election was set for 3 May). That night's programme at the Royal Opera House?

A sex-littered melange which included Kenneth Macmillan's menage a trois drama Triad and Ashley Page's This House Will Burn, described by Time Out as "a sizzling study of sexual fantasy". Can it be long before the soaraway Sun starts regular ballet reviews?

The election-off-till-June scoop has generally been credited to The Sun, but The Times also managed to make the story its first edition splash on Friday night. How? The charitable might ascribe this to the reporting skills of the Thunderer's comb-over-hairstyled Philip Webster, who has made it his business to cosy-up to New Labour. Furious executives at The Sun have another theory. They wonder if the broadsheet got hold of an early copy of The Sun (which goes to press far earlier than the lower-circulation Times) from their shared printing plant at Wapping. The two rags may be owned by the same company, but that only makes the rivalry more intense.

Tribune has signed up a brilliant new columnist. The next issue carries an extraordinary piece under the byline of Piers Morgan.He tackles the PM's handling of the election date announcement: "I was not bothered one tiny bit that Tony asked Alastair to tell The Sun instead of The Mirror it would be 7 June," he declares. …

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