Photo: Political PicturesPoliticians of every ideological flavour are united by one thing: their self-pitying sense of victimisation at the hands of the press.
Whenever things are going wrong the tendency is to look for excuses - it's a natural reflex of every human. Unsuccessful sporting teams will often shrug off responsibility by blaming local factors. So will failing businesses. So will failing governments.
Sometimes these reasons are legitimate. At other times they are just moaning, plain and simple. Embattled politicians usually moan.
The two or three Labour party conferences before the last general election were classic examples of this miserabilist tendency. New Labour was on its last legs, hammered by the voters and on the brink of losing power. Rather than becoming mobilising forces to cheer up the party and motivate its grassroots, Labour's conference turned into a festival of sorrows-nursing. An atmosphere of bitter, betrayed hostility pervaded the place. They were all in it together, on theRead More »from Self-pitying politicians are terrible judges of the media