Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A summer of leaks and positioning?

The swift U turn on nursery milk may be more damaging than Cameron imagined. Far from being a quick fix to avoid a political embarrassment, it has set up the possibility of a long, hot and unpleasant summer of leaks and advance spin that will prove difficult to manage.

The leak of the letter from Anne Milton has been swiftly followed by a leak from the Ministry of Justice regarding a 25% cut to their budgets. The Tories could face a long summer and autumn of having to defend a stream of specific budget cuts in advance of the spending review.

For once, swiftly killing a story may prove to be a mistake as it gives heart to others with budgets to defend. Now's a very good time to be a governmental plumber!

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