If catflap is best Tories can do, no wonder FT Europe imposes blackout
Posted on 5 October 2011 | 7:10am
Greetings from Vienna airport where I am waiting for a plane, worrying about the unseasonal heat, getting irritated by a couple who are kissing their dog like it is a baby, and trying to find a single reference to the Tory Party conference in the Financial Times.
It is the Europe edition, so unsurprisingly leads – again- on the eurozone disaster zone, but surely, in all those crisp pink pages, there must be a reference to this important event in Manchester. But no. Chancellor George Osborne is in a couple of stories, but very much in Chancellor/eurozone mode. I cannot claim to have read every article carefully, but I have had three good scours, and I actually cannot see the word Cameron anywhere in the paper. Odd, on the day of his big speech, especially as according to my media brief, he is talking a lot about credit cards and the economy.
Now the FT has to make its own judgements and there is certainly plenty of news around at the moment. But it is a serious paper with global reach, and I wonder if it says something about the Tory Party conference that it has dropped off the radar.
As things stand, unless David Cameron rescues things, Theresa May’s drivel about a cat and the human rights act is likely to be the most impactful event of the week.
My skills at plugging books will not have escaped your attention before, so may I welcome the fact that the cat which allegedly (I.e not at all) led to an illegal immigrant being allowed to stay is called Maya. This is the title of my novel on the pathology of fame. The story, whilst fictitious, stands up to greater scrutiny than the Home Secretary’s nonsense.
Good on Ken Clarke for putting her in her place. But watch out for Dave coming out with another half-baked attack on the human rights act.
Surely his speech will make all editions of the FT tomorrow. But if the conference main event is a row about a cat, it’s not hard to see why they think eurozone, US-China tensions and the new iphone are more newsworthy than anything happening among the Tory faithful.