Manchester blogger Stephen Newton has posted the basics on the Sun's newsgrab. Labour won't miss the Sun is his message.
Eric Pickles was interviewed on BBC News channel early doors and revealed how he had "shared a special moment" with Andy Amnesia Coulson when the latter had rung Fatty P with the glad tidings. Followed up by the BBC wallah Pickles claimed that (a) he hadn't known this was in the offing; (b) that no champagne corks were popped; and (c) that he'd brewed a fresh pot of tea and cracked open a packet of jammy dodgers. This being what passes for a special moment in the modern Tory party.
In fact he looked, did Eric, like he'd been up all night. On the razz. Pasty and utterly untrustworthy. But Stephen is right. This choice from the Sun makes them even more of a joke as a news organisation than they had already become. Their editorial arguments are absolutely puny. As transparent and indeed absent as David Cameron's new clothes. Basically they're betting on the winner. And too far out at that. And they have never been good friends of Labour.
This of course means that they are no friends of their own readers.
Which of these would have benefited if the NHS and schools had been slowtracked? No Sure Start and Nursery Places? If there were no National Minimum Wage? No boost to pensioner income? No banks rescue? No investment in economic recovery?
Which of these will benefit from RyanCouncil? RyanHealthService? RyanSchools? Not even EasyCouncil and so on. On Ryan Air customers are expected to pay extras for basics. That will be the Tory way of rushing the books back towards baalnce. They will squeeze local government. They will squeeze rescue measures, New Deal, employment support, the third sector and so on and so forth.
How can the Sun back a party that will attack their own readers?
The idea of taking part in a Leaders Debate on Murdoch's tabloid cable channel Sky News is now surely completely off the cards? Yes to a debate on BBC, yes on Channel, but on Sky? No! This is the Sun of the airwaves.