Blair's Courtship of the 'Sun' Has Been Impeccable. but It May Be Less a Marriage Made in Heaven Than a Case of "Two Porcupines in Sex Romp." (Labor Party Leader Tony Blair)(Column)

By Riddell, Mary | New Statesman (1996), March 21, 1997 | Go to article overview

Blair's Courtship of the 'Sun' Has Been Impeccable. but It May Be Less a Marriage Made in Heaven Than a Case of "Two Porcupines in Sex Romp." (Labor Party Leader Tony Blair)(Column)


Riddell, Mary, New Statesman (1996)


Readers of Monday's Sun would have found the headline "Un-Elfy Obsession", and beneath it the story of Potty Pete Spybey's fixation with a gnomic statuette of Melinda Messenger.

Next to the report was a picture of the real page-three girl for the thrillennium, and - just north west of her right nipple Tony Blair's declaration of a "hard new line" on Europe. Slightly incongruous, Jeremy Paxman suggested on Newsnight.

Blair, however, did not wish to provoke disharmony by citing the differences, doubtless radical, between his views on bare-breasted women and those of Potty Pete. "The Sun Backs Blair", read the next day's headline.

What with the accompanying political polemic, your average Sun reader might have felt a bit deprived of his normal fare. Even an account, by "sexy girl jockey, petite Gee Armytage" of how she swore at a trainer who pinched her bottom, was relegated to page 13. "I can't believe I told my boss to F-off," she confessed.

Such a notion would be equally unthinkable to the Sun's editor, Stuart Higgins. Rupert Murdoch, who decided months ago to swing the paper behind Labour, is not a man to gainsay.

Besides, why would Higgins want to? His polls say 60 per cent of readers plan to vote for Blair, and the gulf between paper and party, once more cavernous than Melinda's cleavage, has all but gone.

The shift from the last election message - "If Neil Kinnock wins today, will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights?" - marks more than the dimming of the old "Gotcha" Sun: rabid, bigoted, xenophobic and often inspired. Its anti-Kinnock crusade, predicated on demons of loony leftism, also fed off visceral personal dislike. Sun insiders tell stories of Kinnock's staff drinking red wine in the office of the previous editor, while making clear their utter contempt for the paper and its proprietor.

Now, of course, such difficulties have been smoothed away. An unreconstructed Thatcherite, Murdoch has always despised Major and respected Blair. Commercial interests dictate that he should support Labour, and ideology presents no obstacle. By the time he closed his Labour-supporting Today newspaper almost two years ago, Murdoch already knew the Sun was for turning. …

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