Another extended press release disguised as a speech - and does it matter?

Max Atkinson

Hardly ten days on from seeing David Cameron reading an extended press release on Europe as if it were 'a speech' to an audience ( HERE ) and we have Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. doing much the same thing at the offices of JP Morgan in Bournemouth earlier today. Better a speech than press conf/release?" To which I admitted that perhaps I was being rather too purist and asked "but are you conceding that it was a press release?" "No"

Cameron on Europe: a press release poorly disguised as a speech

Max Atkinson

in the morning on the off chance that the American news agency in central London (where the speech was being given) would be able to drum up an audience at a moment's notice to listen to it - or, to be more precise, to prepare reports on what he said for the rest of the day's news programmes. Speech or press release? And are we going to have to put up with more and more such non-speeches as the stock-in-trade of contemporary political communication