Thinking For The Individual

Formerly known as 'Thinking For The People', this site offers some reflections on the state of British society and her people from the perspective of a libertarian Conservative with a passionate belief in the pillars of freedom and responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Respect The Press; They'll Respect You!

As the Prime Minister takes his vacation in Barbados, I can't resist this.

In her book, 'The Goldfish Bowl', which is a series of portraits of the spouses of the prime ministers of our country since 1955, Cherie Booth writes the following on Mary Wilson, the wife of Harold:

"Mary's real solace was their family holidays in the Isles of Scilly - in summer, at Easter and New Year. The press came for one day only for interviews and photographs and then left them in peace, a convention which sadly is no longer respected on prime ministers' holidays."

I wonder if the Blairs had actually told the press where they were going on holiday, and then let them have the briefest of interviews on location with them, and actually treat the media with an ounce of respect, her own experience of 'media intrusion' might be a little less horrific.

Treat the press with some respect, and your privacy will be respected. It's not a bad approach. Mrs. Blair (or Booth, depending on how popular her husband is at the time) should try it out some time.


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