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Miliband, Merseyside and the Sun June 13, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in British Politics, Media and Journalism.
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Genuinely bizarre to read that Ed Miliband agreed to have himself photographed by the Sun promoting a World Cup edition. Not least because as reported earlier in the week the boycott on Merseyside of the Sun in the wake of the tragic events at Hillsborough in 1989 and its reporting of that event continues to this day.As the Guardian notes:

Despite several apologies down the years, the Merseyside boycott of the Sun has held firm for the past 25 years.

And it retains its power to the extent that postal workers on Merseyside are refusing to deliver a promotional issue. The postal workers are recorded as saying that they will face any possible consequences, though the Royal Mail appears to be taking a fairly measured approach to this.

What possessed Miliband? Perhaps, as some suggest, a wish to cosy up to the Sun. But given that the response was entirely predictable one would wonder what good it did, for anyone, and not least of all for those Labour supporters in Merseyside.

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1. Gearóid - June 13, 2014

The GAA recently did a deal with the Sun’s Irish edition for global digital rights as well. I shouldn’t have been surprised given the Sky deal, but when you consider some of what that journal has published over the years, both about Liverpool fans and the Irish:

“When our parents received £250 in ex-gratia payments for Michael’s death in 1974, the Sun newspaper decided to have some fun at our expense. It was around Christmas time and the paper printed a cartoon of Santa Claus delivering a sack to Derry with £250 painted on it.” http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/jun/11/bloody-sunday-families-interviews

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WorldbyStorm - June 13, 2014

Grim.

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2. Roasted Snow - June 15, 2014

I really couldn’t believe this but its true, he has ballsed it up again. Ridiculous apology and seemingly no sense of perspective here. Who is advising the man, we all know he’s out of touch. I’m sure that the Sun feel a ‘Gotcha’ about this one! I sincerely fear for Labour’s chances next May. So many people I know leaving the party here and this just adds fuel to the flame of anger about an out of touch leadership. On the left its the Greens making headway, and that very much includes Liverpool!

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ejh - June 15, 2014

Who is advising the man, we all know he’s out of touch

Whoever is advising the man will have known exactly what was at stake here and will have advised him to do what he did out of calculation. What calculation exactly, I don’t know (fear of being monstered by Murdoch papers is he refused?) but calculation of one kind or another. “Out of touch” isn’t really what this is about.

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WorldbyStorm - June 15, 2014

Yes, it’s difficult not to think those sensitivities wouldn’t have been well known.

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