Amusingly Norwich City Council aren't the only people left red-faced by today's announcements. At around 1.30pm today the BBC led quite clearly with "City Council awarded unitary status" and a quote from Charles Clarke. That headline found its way onto the EDP website. Within an hour, the EDP changed it to "Unitary Bid Fails - For Now". Interestingly their sister paper the Evening News took a very pro-unitary line with "City claims victory in Unitary Bid". The BBC have now changed their line to a much more neutral story. Oh dear. The radio stations have, apparently, been reporting that City Hall have been spinning the story about getting unitary but have been caught out.
I understand from an impeccable source within the local media that everybody is seething over City Hall's spinning. They feel, I am told, that they have been taken in. I await tomorrow's analysis with interest.