A question of balance: on what basis was last night’s Question Time audience selected?

Last night, the BBC’s Question Time was broadcast from Cardiff. Events leading up to the programme – as well as the programme itself – give rise to further questions about audience selection; an issue that has given rise to considerable concern over a long period. Inevitably, Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament were issues on […]

The BBC’s shame: Three ways in which Laura Kuenssberg’s tweets demeaned public service broadcasting

In an incident at Whipps Cross Hospital in East London this morning, Boris Johnson was confronted by an angry father of a sick child who argued that the NHS had been destroyed by successive governments – and criticised him for mounting a publicity stunt. Johnson replied “there are no press here” – despite the fact […]

BBC statistics review – missing the point?

You may have missed it, but the BBC Trust is conducting a review of how the Corporation uses statistics in its news coverage, focusing on economics, welfare, migration and health – which pretty well covers the main domestic issues of controversy.  The Trust has called for submissions from interested organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge – […]

In praise of Borgen

Why do we all like Borgen so much?  Why has this Danish import captured such a large and dedicated following in a country that is notoriously resistant to subtitled drama? Now in its third series, Borgen, for the benefit of those deprived souls who don’t know it, chronicles the rise of Birgitte Nyborg, charismatic leader […]

UKIP, neoliberalism and the revolt of the moderately entitled

Much cyber-ink has been spilled following last week’s strong UKIP showing in the English County Council elections – it might seem superfluous to add to it.  I think the strength of UKIP’s “surge” is overrated – these were partial elections in which the major centres of population did not vote (along with Scotland and most […]

Some thoughts on 26 March

Yesterday saw one of the largest protest marches in London in modern times against the Coalitions cuts in public services – and incidents at Fortnum and Mason and Trafalgar Square which are being portrayed as acts of gratuitous violence by a minority of anarchists and troublemakers.  Predictably enough, most of the British media are leading […]