In The Wages of Spin we hear first hand how spin-doctoring developed, from the man who is wrongly attributed with its invention. Only in 1990 did spin-doctors appear on the horizon. But, within a few years, they came to dominate and discredit the British political scene. They became an addiction which the body politic found difficult to break. No-one is better qualified to explain how British politics came to be blighted by this phenomenon than Bernard Ingham, who spent 24 years as a press officer for Labour and Conservative governments, the last 11 of them as Margaret Thatcher's chief press secretary. He is also a former head of the Government Information Service. Here, he traces the glacially slow evolution of relations between government and journalists from the invention of the printing press to the dramatic events of 1997 when the Blair Government brought a new obsession with hyperactive presentation to British politics.He gives an insider's view of spin-doctoring and the contributions of politicians, civil servants and journalists to its brief flowering, showing how rules laid down at the end of World War II for the conduct of government relations with the media were changed and abused, and how journalists colluded in their own corruption.
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"Uninhibited...robust...vigorous book" -- Anthony Howard, Sunday Times "Pithy and mordant, Ingham casts an occasional shaft of light quite deep into the natures of those he examines" -- Matthew Parris, Sunday Telegraph "Ingham provides us with a timely reminder of how badly Blair has disappointed those who trusted him to inaugurate a new era of 'whiter than white' politics" -- Michael Portillo, The Times "An informative and often entertaining book" -- Andrew Rawnsley, Observer "Paints an excellent picture of an obsession, leaving the reader with a strong impression that spin has never manipulated to the extent or quality that it has under New Labour" -- Nottingham Evening Post 20030607 "Nearly 300 testy, crusty, often funny pages" -- Matthew Parris, Sunday Telegraph 20030607
About Bernard Ingham
In this wonderfully entertaining book, Sir Bernard Ingham, doyen of media relations, dissects the curse of modern politics. Sir Bernard Ingham was a journalist for eighteen years, and has worked for 'The Guardian' and the 'Yorkshire Post'. He is former head of the Goverment Information Service, and was cheif press secretary to Margaret Thatcher. Since then he has had a varied career as an author, journalist, broadcaster, businessman, pressure group organiser and public affairs consultant. He lives in Surrey.
The Wages of Spin by Bernard Ingham
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