If Tony Blair were to go to the newsagents to day to see how his performance is being reported on the front pages, he'd be in for a pleasant surprise. He does not feature - certainly not in the biggest sellers. The extra-curricular activities of John Terry make the the lead story on the Mail, the Sun, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror. Blair himself is relegated to the inside pages on most. Of all today's press coverage, The Times is probably the most damaging. "Tony Blair was branded a murderer and a liar last night,". But even Blair-hating papers like the Daily Mail find it hard to compete with the John Terry story, which journalists have known about for days but been unable to report (I gather that there are more explosive revelations to come). So while Blair's misery was given blanket coverage by the broadcast media yesterday, he has been saved today by a good old-fashioned footballers wives scandal.
PS. Reading today's papers, I'm also struck by the way the narrative on global warming is beginning to change. Environment correspondents, whose mission pre-Copenhagen was to spread the gospel, are now writing about the scandal about the IPCC's bogus claim that Himalayan glaciers would melt in 2035.