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|Labour Spin Doctor: 'Hide Controversial Polices Behind Terrorist Attacks'
- Transport adviser sent sneaky note within hours of attacks
A GOVERNMENT spin-doctor advised her bosses to hide the launch of unpopular policies underneath the welter of news surrounding the attacks on America last month.
Jo Moore, adviser to Transport Minister Stephen Byers wrote a note to various heads of the department which stated: "It is now a very good time to get out anything we want to bury." The note was written just a few hours after the World Trade Centre had crumbled to the ground.
Although the 'burying' of controversial legislation is a widely practised art of government, the cynicism of Labour apparatchiks at a time when Prime Minister Tony Blair has scampered up to the moral high ground is likely to cause a furore.
Sensitive decisions made public in the wake of the atrocities in the US have included the appointment of Gavyn Davies, a close friend of Chancellor Gordon Brown, as chairman of the BBC and the announcement of a new nuclear plant at Sellafield.
"No wonder people are disillusioned with politics," said MP Don Foster, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for transport.