Thursday, August 28 2008
New figures have shown that the era of Labour spin has not ended, with Gordon Brown actually spending more than Tony Blair on advertising and marketing.
Despite pledging a ‘new type of politics’ and promising to avoid the ‘easy path of short-term slogans’, Brown has overseen a £54 million increase in spin in his first year as Prime Minister.
The 2007/08 bill for Government advertising, marketing and publicity was £391 million, an increase of 16% from the year before.
Greg Clark MP, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said that the rising cost of Labour spin proved Brown’s promise of a new politics was a sham:
“At a time when families and businesses are having to cut back, Gordon Brown is increasing spending on promoting himself and his government.”
And Greg stressed, “This is backdoor state funding of a near-bankrupt Labour Party.”
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