My fingers shall rest shortly, as here is my last subject for investigation - Gavin Esler.
That this genial left-winger is not a biased interviewer has rarely struck my mind.
His behaviour on 'Dateline: London' would convince even the most sceptical person of his undisguised ultra-liberal sentiments.
Let the interruption coefficients speak:
Grant Shapps, Conservative (24/7) - 2.4
Malcolm Rifkind, Conservative (16/7) - 1.6
Keith Vaz, Labour (23/7) - 0.8
Brian Paddick, Lib Dem (9/7) - 0.8
Jim Knight, Labour (15/7) -0.8
Tony Wright, Labour (23/7) - 0.7
John Prescott, Labour (9/7) - 0.4
Ben Bradshaw, Labour (24/7) - 0
Charles Clarke, Labour (24/7) - 0
Average number of interruptions per political party:
Conservatives - 2.0
Lib Dems - 0.8
In June, though, his averages for both Labour and the Conservatives were 1.7, though that figure is based on a grand total of 3 interviews!
This just goes to show that the I.C.s are only a part of the story. Content and tone are just as important. They, however, are very hard to quantify.