At last! On Friday's Newsnight Michael Crick turned his eyes (and his wry wit) away from the opposition Conservative Party and back towards the governing Labour Party. You see, he's not biased after all! Except...
...unlike all those recent reports on the Tories, which have been far from friendly - and potentially damaging to the Conservative cause - (please click on the label 'Crick' for details), this Labour-centred report was far from unfriendly in tone - except for a brief dig at Lord Mandelson's holiday arrangements!
Entirely personality-based, the piece's gentle humour (with that single exception) lacked all the barbs you might have expected in a Crick report - or, at least, a Crick report about the Tories! The man even managed to make that one-off dig at Mandelson simultaneously a dig at George Osborne, who had absolutely nothing to do with this (Labour leadership) story: "Earlier this week (Mandelson's) spokesman said he was in Corfu without Russians, yachts - or George Osborne. Well, I suppose two out of three's not bad!" Crick strikes again!
Gavin Esler then discussed the would-be Labour leaders with yet more family members: Labour MP Gisella Stuart and Neal Pearson, leader of the left-wing Compass group. Tellingly, Esler's insider mindset led him to slip into calling Harriet Harman 'Harriet' in a question to Mr Pearson: "Harriet is not defeatist in your point...(of view)?"
Not a good night for fairness at Newsnight.