Sunday, December 28, 2008

Non-story of the week

You can tell it's a slow news week when the Daily Mail runs a story about the Tory shadow health minister doing an whole four days work a year for a company that sometimes runs Labour health campaigns. His contract with them is written to avoid conflicts of interest.

There's no evidence presented in the story that he:
  • Knows details about the campaigns
  • Interfered with the campaigns
  • Participated in the campaigns
  • Failed to declare he worked for the company
Oh, and the Mail doesn't tell us how much he earns for those four days. So the scandal is what precisely? 

My suggestion to the Mail - go back to picture stories of cancer-ridden toddlers in santa hats. It's not news either, but at least readers can see cute infants with their cereal and not Andrew Lansley.