Interesting article in today’s Independent by Stephen Glover. Mr Glover notes that the Tory leader has few cheerleaders in the right-wing press when compared with the support enjoyed by Tony Blair when he inherited the Labour crown. Bruce Anderson, Michael Portillo and Matthew D’Ancona are the Tory leader’s only consistent advocates on the centre right although Mr Portillo’s advice "verges on the lunatic," thinks Mr Glover. As the article goes on it becomes clear that Mr Cameron has a number of other key supporters in the press – Boris Johnson, Alice Thomson, Charles Moore, Matthew Parris… I would add Danny Kruger.
Mr Glover also lists Mr Cameron’s critics: Simon Heffer, Jeff Randall and, significantly, acting Telegraph editor John Bryant. The Mail has been inclined to be supportive of David Cameron up until now and has warmly profiled David Cameron’s personal insights into his care of his disabled son, Ivan. Are things changing at The Mail? Glover thinks so:
"Last Friday’s Mail probably went further than it has before in representing Mr Cameron as a ludicrous figure. Over a photograph of the Tory leader being pulled by huskies across a Norwegian glacier, the Mail suggested that he had accounted for 30,000 gallons of fuel in his jaunt to the Arctic Circle. The science editor, Michael Hanlon, suggested in an accompanying piece that Mr Cameron had visited the wrong glacier."
"If the Conservatives should perform poorly in the local elections, the Telegraph and the Mail may let fly," Mr Glover predicts. But does it matter? Many Cameroons think not. They won the Tory leadership without the right-wing press. The Mail, Sun and Telegraph only endorsed Mr Cameron after his leadership bid had become unstoppable. The newspapers still do count, however, insofar as the broadcasters are often fed by newspapers and newspapers can be decisive in motivating voters in low turnout elections.