Andrew 'Brillo' Neil (pictured in time-honoured fashion) is often regarded as the only right-of-centre regular among the Beeb's cast of interviewers, and yet his July interruption coefficients (for 'The Daily Politics' only) are heavilly skewed against the Right. Is this a case of Stockholm syndrome?
Neil conducted 19 interviews this month.
Here are his interruption coefficients:
Philip Hammond, Conservative (6/7) - 5.7
Mark Hoban, Conservative (8/7) - 2.5
Bill Rammell, Labour (13/7) - 2.4
Michael Metheson, SNP (1/7) - 2.1
Roger Evans, Conservative (2/7) - 1.5
David Davis, Conservative (15/7) - 1.5
John Hutton, Labour (15/7) - 1.4
Mike Russell, SNP (1/7) - 1.4
Pauline McNeill, Labour (1/7) - 1.3
Tessa Jowell, Labour (8/7) - 0.8
Ming Campbell, Lib Dem (15/7) - 0.5
Simon Hughes, Lib Dem (14/7) - 0.4
Brian Paddick, Lib Dem (14/7) - 0.4
Frank Field, Labour (7/7) - 0.4
Lord Falconer, Labour (7/7) - 0.4
John McFall, Labour (2/7) - 0.3
Alex Salmond, SNP (8/7) - 0.2
Jack McConnell, Labour (1/7) - 0
Charles Clarke, Labour (9/7 )- 0
Indeed, Brillo's 5.7 (for Phillip Hammond) was - by some way - the highest I.C. of July.
Average Number of interruptions per each political party
Conservatives - 2.8
SNP - 1.2
Labour - 0.8
Lib Dems -0.4
Now, last month Andrew Neil's top score was achieved against Jo Swinson of the Liberal Democrats (a 2.9), followed by Jeremy Hunt of the Conservatives (2.5). This suggests a more maverick approach, and the averages are closer: 1.9 for the Conservatives, 1.5 for the Lib Dems and 1.2 for Labour. The case against Andrew Neil is not yet proven.