Even Mail readers ‘angry’ with Nazi slur on Clegg


by Sunny Hundal    
7:03 pm - April 22nd 2010

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I was invited this morning on to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Victoria Derbyshire programme (listen from 40 min in), along with The Sun’s Trevor Kavanagh and former media editor of the Times journalist Dan Sabbagh.

You can hear an intro to the programme, and then it cuts to the specific clip. A listener calls in….

If you can’t see the media player, then you’re using Internet Explorer and you’ll have to click the Mp3 file directly in order to listen to it.

[Or get yourself a browser from a company that doesn't screw with its competitors - Unity.]

Transcript: (from 21 secs in)

Tom: The way media interpret these things is really important. I contacted you because of the reaction my parents had given what was published this morning. They are Daily Mail readers. They are Telegraph readers. They voted Tory since Thatcher. They voted Tory in 1997. They, like me, do not want a Labour government.

They felt uncomfortable with Cameron, particularly with his Inheritance Tax policy. They’re ordinary middle-class people and they do not have anything like the kind of wealth to see them benefiting from that.

And, erm, I think it has been incredibly important that, or rather the way the papers have reacted today have been important in solidifying their opinion that they are not going to vote for the Conservative.

Vic Derbyshire: Right. So they are blaming the Conservative supporting newspapers they read for these attacks on Clegg and it is making them not to vote Conservative?

Tom: No, no. I think they moved from their position. They wanted an anti-Brown vote… (“right”) I think they moved in that position already.

I think the influence of the papers…erm, they wanted a debate, and particularly with the Nazi slur on Clegg, they are very angry about that. (“are they”).. [inaudible] both of the papers they buy, to have an open, honest debate, and they are not seeing that.

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Reader comments


The only way to make your point is stop buying the paper.

Nothing else has any effect.

It is all they understand.

“The only way to make your point is stop buying the paper.”

But what am I to do if I don’t buy the Mail anyway?

I only occasionally read bits of it online, and then only when I come across a link, or because someone has left a copy on a bus I happen to be travelling in.

Stop buying the products that advertise with them. And then tell them why.

Belive me it is what the right does to anything that puts out a liberal point of view.

It’s definitely a lot more amusing following the debate on twitter than watching it on telly – came across http://www.election10.net and was fascinated to see the political hacks being far more candid than they are in their articles. The politicians come across as grasping and fake, the polls as biased or bought and the general public as skeptical as ever. The spin afterwards is incredible and you even get photos from within the press room.

Fascinating stuff, the internet and reality tv have made elections so much more interesting. The only real winners are the lib dems of course as otherwise they wouldn’t have the tv coverage they get and Clegg seems to be seizing his opportunity. Will we have an Obama style surge is the big question??

Sally’s suggestion is an outstanding one.

A campaign to boycott companies who advertise in the Daily Mail.

The only question is, Twitter or Facebook ?

It’s an appealing thought, but not one likely to have that much impact on most of those advertising there I’d have thought?

I doubt many advertisers would really be that open to a boycott of their goods by right wingers complaining about anything putting a liberal point of view… tho granted in newspapers that’s not many!

7. Tom Butcher

Hi guys, just to let you know, that was me talking to Victoria yesterday. Well done for circulating the clip.

Tom

Useful stuff Tom Butcher and well said.

Not the main issue here, perhaps, but this had me dancing a jig of joy:

“They felt uncomfortable with Cameron, particularly with his Inheritance Tax policy. They’re ordinary middle-class people and they do not have anything like the kind of wealth to see them benefiting from that.”

THANK YOU! The correct use of the term “middle-class”! Why the Mail and other right-wing papers continue to peddle the line that the inheritance tax rise will benefit the “middle classes” is beyond me. The vast majority of people in this country are just never going to need more than a £400k inheritance tax threshold. I’m incredulous at attempts to suggest otherwise, and it’s a relief to know some of the readers are too.


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