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Euan Blair gets a rough deal from the press

Most of us did things as teenagers of which we would rather not be reminded as adults. We would be be justifiably angry if they were dragged up every time our name was mentioned.

Yet a high proportion of reports of Euan Blair being taken to hospital in Barbados refer to his being found drunk in a Leicester Square gutter when he was 16. That story was justified because his father was not only prime minister but had a habit of lecturing other fathers on their responsibilities and talking about “parenting orders”.

I cannot see any justification now for including it in a story about a 22-year-old man suffering from stomach pains. The Daily Mail, the Guardian and the Scotsmen decided it was not relevant.

Yet most of the rest, including The Times, the Sun, the Mirror The Independent and the BBC, felt it should be included in their stories. My trawl through websites also showed Reuters, the Chinese news agency Xinhua, and Jamaica’s Gleaner had mentioned the escapade of six-years-ago.

The Sun went further including this gratuitous paragraph: “Downing Street vehemently denied his latest illness had anything to do with alcohol.”


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