Where James Naughtie and Justin Webb went yesterday, Sarah Montague went today. http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8413000/8413170.stm
Go to the Today programme website (see above) and you'll see this:
7.48 The government has praised its own policies for better than expected
unemployment figures, and has said that future unemployment would have been
even higher without government action. Professor of human geography at
the University of Sheffield, Daniel Dorling, discusses the
You can click on the 'listen' icon and hear all that the left-wing professor (and frequent Today programme guest) has to say, as he praises Labour and condemns the Conservatives, advocates public spending and deprecates cuts.
Look further down the page and you see this:
Inexplicably, here you cannot click on a 'listen' icon. There isn't one! To hear it you must go to the 'listen to full programme' option (how many people ever do that?) and scroll forward 2hrs and 48 minutes!! What possible reason could there be for not allowing the same sort of easy access to this interview that was granted to all the other interviews between 7.00 and 9.00am. It's almost as if the pro-government expert were being placed in the limelight at a parade in Red Square while the anti-government expert was being sent to the radio equivalent of Siberia. Truly bizarre.
0847 Professor of human geography at the University of Sheffield, Daniel
Dorling, said on the programme that cutting public spending and public sector
jobs was not an inevitable or efficient way of reducing the deficit. Andrew
Lilico, who sits on the shadow Monetary Policy Committee run by the Institute of
Economic Affairs, reacts to Professor Dorling's comments.
This is not all.
Danny Dorling of the Left, got 4 minutes 29 seconds' worth of interview time, whereas Mr Lilico of the Right, got only 2 minutes 27 seconds (i.e. two minutes less).
Danny Dorling of the Left was interrupted once, whereas Mr Lilico of the Right was interrupted twice.
Danny Dorling of the Left therefore earned Sarah Montague of the BBC an I.C. of 0.2, whereas Mr Lilico of the Right earned her an I.C. of 0.9.