Saturday, April 16, 2005

Election Agenda

There is an excellent article here by Mike Baker about the usual patterns political press conferences follow, and how unrelated the media questions are to the issue at hand:

In each of their manifesto launches, the three main parties in England have given prominence to education.
Last weekend Tony Blair repeated his mantra of “education, education, education”. During the week, all three parties held national news conferences dedicated to education issues.
So, for once, the politicians have a point when they accuse the media of setting the election agenda.

I’m very interested to read this, because I wrote something very similar myself at about the time of the Howard Flight affair. Journalists are far more interested in what they think the big story is rather than actually concentrating on the “issues” that really affect people. And yet when they talk about voter apathy, they say politicians never want to talk about their policies!