‘They have given me somebody else’s voice – Blair’s voice’

When Tuesday’s Sun featured one of the iconic images from 7/7 alongside the headline ‘Tell Tony He’s Right’, the implication was clear: the victim backed the PM’s tough anti-terror measures. There was just one problem: John Tulloch doesn’t. In fact, he tells Ros Coward he is angrier with the politicians than the bombers

On Tuesday, the Sun’s front page evoked memories of the July 7 London bombings in a shocking way. A huge picture of a blood-soaked victim dominated the page. Under the banner “Terror laws” was a large picture of the victim with the words: “Tell Tony He’s Right.” The implication was clear: this victim had spoken to the Sun and was calling on the public to back Blair’s tough terror bill, defeated in the Commons last night. The Sun’s strong and emotive front page was mentioned several times on other media including BBC Radio 4′s Today programme and the World at One. It was widely recognised as a key element in sending a message to Labour waverers that those whose opinion on the bombings is unimpeachable – the victims – were strongly in favour of the government’s hardline stance.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/nov/10/media.media

Lost in London

Stockwell station is somewhere I go a lot. My family use it all the time too. It’s not somewhere I particularly like; it’s always a bit edgy. There was an armed bank robbery a few years ago and drug dealers hang around late at night. But edgy is different from what happened yesterday when heavily armed police chased a man on to the tube there and shot him dead in front of terrified passengers. According to witnesses there was blind panic and passengers emerged from the station crying and shaking. The local vet’s, better known for its sensitive treatment of bereaved pet owners, was commandeered for witnesses of a suspected suicide bomber. Surreal was the word someone used and that’s what London now feels like to me. Yesterday’s event was another in a series that is transforming Londoners’ familiar home patches into alien, unfamiliar territory.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jul/23/july7.comment

Back to nature

Wildlife programming returns to ITV, but is Deep Jungle a fresh take on the genre or a triumph of format over fact?

For a long time, it seemed that wildlife programming was extinct on ITV, but tomorrow the network launches its first primetime natural history documentary since the glory days of Survival.

As the opening sequence of Deep Jungle tracks over a computer-generated jungle and explorers flash lasers through the canopies, wildlife’s return to the mainstream will inevitably provoke questions. Is this evidence of a wildlife renaissance or the triumph of a new entertainment-driven species: all format and no fact?

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2005/may/09/broadcasting.ITV

Lets get personal

Charles and Camilla’s wedding is a chance to inflict some real damage

The wedding of Charles and Camilla offers plenty of opportunity for republicans to score some goals. They could deride the useless royal advisers who failed to check the venue’s viability and, more spectacularly, the legality of the marriage itself. They could expose an India rubber constitution that resists change but creates new categories such as “Princess Consort” when the need arises. They could highlight Charles’s hypocrisy, falling back on the human rights legislation that he so often rails against. They could capitalise on the unpopularity of Camilla or dwell on our first family snubbing each other’s nuptials. But republicans have had nothing to say.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/mar/19/monarchy.comment