Olly Grender, writing in the New Statesman and posing the question "Can anyone give a good reason why ministers should bother reading commentary in newspapers?":
"Take the example of a friend who is now a minister. I asked him recently how he was dealing with the media onslaught about the Lib Dems. He explained that he quickly cancelled the doorstep of paper waiting on his desk each morning. He asked instead to only receive the most important ones from his private office. On inquiring how much his personal set of cuttings cost, he was told it was £5,000 per annum. In total, that is over half a million for all members of the government."
Knowing that politicians like nothing better than seeing their names and photographs in print, this waste of half a million pounds at a time of supposed austerity does lead one to enquire whether members of the government are without internet access? Plus, using the internet they might just stumble across a few blogs and learn something to their benefit!