It turns out that the Sun had no intention of going along with the Puritan demands over Page Three. They just pretended to. I’m impressed – I really thought they had caved in but they played a blinder.
Instead of just saying ‘No, get stuffed’, they let everyone believe they had given in and then come back with ‘Ha! NOW get stuffed.” The Page Three will be back as normal tomorrow.
I’m going to buy my first ever (and probably last ever) copy of the Sun tomorrow. I’m not likely to read it or even open it but it’s a small way to show my appreciation of their joke. Perhaps I’ll stuff it into a phoenix, rather than a dodo as Stewart suggested and try my hand at the Turner prize.
I’m still not interested in Page Three. Keep it or ditch it, it doesn’t matter to me. It’s inside the newspaper. If you don’t buy it you’ll never see it. It’s hardly difficult to avoid it. But then it was never about the topless models anyway. As Al Jahom retweeted –
It was about Lefties trying to take control of a newspaper they regard as ‘right wing’. Didn’t the Sun switch to supporting Labour for a while, then switch back just before the last election? That’s likely to be why the Left want to smash it, rather than any silly boob-pictures.
Newspaper politics depend on who gives the newspaper owner the biggest backhander. If political parties were not allowed to offer deals to newspaper owners, the papers would probably slate them all equally.
Still, it was good to see the Sun put one over on the Puritans.
Unfortunately, such a response is not likely to be forthcoming from our Gubblement on the issue of plain packaging for cigarettes (then booze and food). They are fully in thrall to the harpies and harridans of anti-tobacco and now also anti-vape.
The Gubblement have decided they do not want the votes of smokers or retailers or those imminently redundant packaging manufacture workers. Nor indeed anyone who can see where this is heading because this is far from being the final stage. There is no final stage. It just goes on and on until they are stopped.
Not just the Tories. Labour and Lib Dems think this mindless claptrap is a good idea too. The SNP will probably try to make it law before Wastemonster do it.
I didn’t think UKIP would get many MPs this time around. Now I’m not so sure. I’m beginning to wonder if they might even win.
The other parties are begging us to vote them out.