|Postcard from Hell|
(Nearer to home, I'd say that recent UK exponents of media management such as Campbell, Mandelson and Clifford, all essayed a similar strategy - but episodically; smokescreens deployed reactively at times of particularly awkward embarrassment for their clients and masters, rather than as an ongoing 24/7 way of life. Modus operandi, rather than vivendi.)
Under the Putin doctrine the incumbent power is presumed to be the beneficiary as no opposition ever gains traction.
I wonder if Cameron, by design or otherwise, is in line to benefit from the same? He doesn't even need to generate the hubub himself (though the Tories play their part) - his opponents do it for him, which might even add to its charm.
A good weekend to all.