Poll Tax Champion to walk Government Poodles at Herald

People’s watchdog or government poodle, is a question some in the press used to insist, in their case, meant a tough wee terrier biting at the ankles of the powerful.

Conrad Black, Dark Lord of the Telegraph was in little doubt when he said something like: ‘If the little man thinks the press is on his side, then the little man is in more trouble than I realised.’

The Herald used to keep tough wee terriers like Ian Bell and not all of the current pack are fully trimmed poodles but too many run to the hounds. Do poodles run in packs? I’m making a dog’s dinner of this metaphor.

Actually advertising the arrival of Lord Dunlop suggests they’re hoping to attract Tories or those who know little of Dunlop.

Here’s a taste:

Dunlop has been howling denial recently, claiming he had no part in this dropping but the Guardian is clear:

Dunlop was a member of the policy unit in Margaret Thatcher’s government with responsibility for taxation and Scottish affairs when the community charge, known more commonly as the poll tax, was introduced in 1989.

Needless to say, Dunlop, who lives on the edge of South Downs National Park in West Sussex, may not be too in with the locals the Herald regularly begs for money from.

7 thoughts on “Poll Tax Champion to walk Government Poodles at Herald

  1. Maybe in their first column, they can publish the contents of The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability that Michael Gove has refused to publish for 18 months +

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  2. Wonder how much Downing Street has to pay to get its propagandists into the Herald?
    Next up–?

    A weekly column by DRossy on the torments of leadership. And–
    “I was a teenage whistleblower”. And–
    “The travelling folk–a solution”. And–
    “I have my own (one man) gang now, Boris watch out”!

    And lastly–
    “the disappointment of not being elected–need to talk to Murdo”!


  3. All of them should only have one serious question to ask and that is
    What position is reserved for myself in Hell


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