Picture_1Yesterday David Cameron announced that the Conservatives would grow public spending more slowly than Labour. He did not announce cuts. It’s not the easiest message to communicate but broadcasters shouldn’t be allowed to misreport the Conservative plan. Each time that a normally responsible broadcaster like Sky posts a factually-inaccurate headline like the one captured on the right, CCHQ should be on the phone demanding (polititely) accurate reporting. Peter Mandelson was hardly off the phone in the run up to 1997 (although CCHQ should use persuasion rather than his bullying). The Mirror will talk of cuts – nothing can be done about them – but mainstream braoadcasters should not be reinforcing Labour’s narrative.

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