The Independent on Sunday's sense of fair play

Martin Belam  by Martin Belam, 21 March 2005

Yesterday The Independent on Sunday led with a story claiming "Howard stirs race row with attack on Gypsies", citing:

an advertisement on page 8 of this newspaper

Having been happy to take the party's money and run the advert, in what I am sure must have been a total coincidence caused by the layout of other stories in the paper, the continuation of the front page story ended up on page 9. Which just happened to mean that the full-page ad ran opposite a page featuring a headline repeating the papers claim that:

"Howard stirs new race row"

I'm not entirely convinced that the Conservatives will feel that was fair play.

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