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February 28, 2006

The Daily Politics... but without the politics

They call it The Daily Politics, but I'm not sure why.

I've just caught up with today's Lib Dem leadership special (cleverly timed to have bugger-all impact unless you're hand-delivering your postal ballot) - in which "Andrew and Jenny" obsessed over Chris Huhne's wealth, asking the most mind-numbingly banal questions imaginable. Chris handled it well, rebutting strongly and with humour.

The way in which politics programmes increasingly ignore politics - and fetishise gossip - is a disturbing one. The media now spends more time talking about betting odds, office furniture and MPs' spouses than it does about things that actually matter a damn.

It says a lot about journalists; and a whole lot more about us, the public.

1 comment:

Wallyxab said...

Have just seen the first 10 minutes of that programme. What absolute drivel, it has the same level of analysis of policy and leadership issues as you used to find on The Word with Terry Christian.

Is it an attempt to make politics 'accessible'? Total waste of licence payers' money. And I dread to think how much it costs to fuel Andrew Neil's rampant ego.

But I agree, Huhne handled asinine questions and wasn't afraid to challenge Brillo for making fatuous comments.