Original Spin : Downing Street and the Press in Victorian Britain
by Paul Brighton
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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Secrets lunches, confidential information meetings, leakage of confidential information and tightly organized media launches – the well-known world of modern political spin.But is it really a new phenomenon or have politicians been manipulating the press for as long as newspapers have existed?In this important new book, Paul Brighton shows that spin is not something imagined by modern politicians, media savvy.In fact, it was one of the best-kept political secrets of the 18th and 19th centuries.From Peel and Palmerston to Gladstone and Disraeli, Prime Ministers have all tried to manipulate the press to a greater or lesser extent.Brighton unveils the secret contacts between Westminster and Fleet Street and reveals how Victorian occupants of 10 Downing Street were secretly transferred their views through newspapers.For the first time,”Original Spin” tells the whole story, without blush.
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