Burying good news
Old New Labour used to use teh evil spin to 'bury bad news' by announcing unpopular things like more money for councillors when the telly and the newspapers were talking about other things like terrorist attacks.
New and improved New Labour appears to have improved on this by using the economic crisis as a cover to get rid of stupid policies. Yesterday, locking up people without trial for 42 days, today SATS tests for 14 year olds. Is it too much to hope that the next step will be to pack in the plans to waste billions on identity cards?