Sky News is funding two debates at Labour’s annual Conference, which starts tomorrow. The debates take place in the same room, at the same time, on consecutive days.
The time and location are not the only similarities. The term ‘debate’ is used very loosely, for a start. Debates require differing viewpoints – but the selection of Labour MPs from the right of the party means that there will barely be a fag-paper between them.
Also similar are the promotional images – with one particular sameness standing out:
In each of the images, the image of Sky presenter Jon Craig is significantly larger and higher than that of the MPs he will be chairing.
In old, carved murals, Egyptian or Assyrian rulers are shown towering above their punier subjects. Importance, power and relevance were portrayed in size.
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