I watched This Week (I have watched it for a long time.) – and found Andrew Neil’s treatment of Diane Abbott not to my taste. This Week was a good programme. It is not a ‘serious’ political programme. It is done for laughs and, to be fair, has provided many of those. Tonight, in my ‘honest opinion’ – Andrew Neil demonstrated an ugly side to politics and political interviewing. I have no problem with politicians being held to account on serious programmes. I felt very uncomfortable watching Brillo tearing Diane Abbott apart. He should not have done it on This Week – particularly as Diane Abbott has been a pundit for some time on this ‘light political parody programme’.
Andrew Neil would have been perfectly justified doing it on Daily Politics – although (Again, expressing a personal ‘honest opinion’ should Brillo and This Week producers be feeling litigious) serious analysis should be left to those who are truly good at it like Paxo, Jon Snow , Radio 4 Today presenters, Dimbleby et al – and, to be fair, Neil on DP. They do it fairly and with style. A lot of people enjoyed the cruelty of Brillo ripping Diane Abbott apart – I saw the tweets on Twitter. If you want to see cruelty watch a reality TV show. I did not. I don’t know anyone of any decency who could enjoy the spectacle of what we saw on This Week tonight.
Not very British, I thought! In fact.. rather cowardly. It was a bit like a host inviting a guest to a dinner party to provide amusement for the other guests. That, of course, is a personal view. I assume we are allowed to have personal views these days….? I know it was touch and go in the dying days of Labour… but now that Clegg is running the country with Dave …. we should be OK on expressing personal views?
Tear politicians apart on Radio 4, Channel 4, Newsnight by all means – Marr…..? Well… that is more Heat magazine meets Sunday GMTV sofa advertising colour supplement schtik ….. but don’t do it on a lightweight late Thursday night political parody programme. It was ugly. I hope Diane Abbot’s votes go up after that. I believe she increased her majority in the last election. Quite unusual for a Labour MP, I would have thought?
Perhaps someone else could present This Week?
Tilting at windmills? Yes… what is the point?
[None.. that is the point about Titling at Windmills (as they would say on BBC Springwatch to keep up a fine tradition of innuendo and sex on BBC) - I shall continue to do so until I am worked to death by the present government as they raise the pension age to 98]