Should we be happy to receive the support of the Sun newspaper? A paper that appears to follow the political trend and that supported the New Labour governments of 1997, 2001 and 2005. The paper that famously stated “The Sun Supports Blair” and that strengthened in its support for Labour over the following four years.
The answer is YES. The Newspaper’s motivations can be questioned and the reasoning behind such a swing can be exaggerated but in reality this move is a telltale symbol of the death of Labour. Many will suggest that it is a populist move. That it is an effort on the part of the Sun’s editors to gain support from the future party in power. Yet today in its pages, the newspaper reveals diabolical evidence to support its move from the red to the blue.
“Labour failed on schools…four in 10 kids leave [school] … unable to read, write or add up properly.”
“Labour failed on health spending billions on… managers instead of on frontline care.”
“Labour failed on immigration… opening the borders without any regard to the consequences.”
“Labour failed … children. Britain is officially the worst country in the developed world in which to grow up.”
“Labour failed our troops… leaving them to die through chronic under-funding and the shambolic leadership of dismal defence secretaries.
Just as The Sun states: “Labour’s driving ambition has not been to improve Britain. It has been to retain power at all costs – with no lie judged too great in its ruthless and relentless self-promotion”
“They have had their chance and FAILED!”
Emma Morton states that “over the past 12 years the NHS has become like a giant supermarket.” She is so right. Service has dropped, illnesses developed in hospital have boomed and we are charged to visit our families and friends. Healthcare has not been this dire for fifty years.
As George Pascoe-Watson points out, Brown’s speech yesterday suggested that Labour would build a new world. Yet that is a definitive admission that New Labour “has failed to change Britain for the better after 12 years” under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
The literature to support The Sun’s change in allegiance is staggering, and instead of asking ‘why The Sun has switched its support to the Conservatives?’ perhaps we should query ‘why did they not move sooner?’
This is yet another sign of the growing support that David Cameron’s Conservatives are gaining from a tired and frustrated country. This is another sign that even national institutions like The Sun cannot stand by and ignore the destruction that Labour is inflicting on this once great nation. This is another sign of the dire standing that Labour has achieved for itself. And finally, this is another sign… no another endorsement! to the truth that the Conservative leadership can put the great back into Great Britain.