Sunday, October 04, 2009


Some months ago I said:
Anyone who saw tonight's documentary about Holloway will understand the awesome power of the tabloids - a single rant about a Halloween 'party' in the prison prompted Straw to intervene and forbid any more events like it. The prison's staff had to spend the best part of a day away from their real jobs in a damage-limitation exercise.

Libby Purves returns to the subject in The Times. The whole issue just confirms how malign the influence of the sensationalist press can be.

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