Not a Sheep has highlighted the dangers that Radio 5 Live (a channel I don't listen too) poses for mischief in this election year:
One of its denizens Shelagh Fogarty is to be a Thursday regular on The Daily Politics with Andrew Neil. Her first outing suggests that she needs watching closely for bias. Her interview with Conservative MP Nadine Dorries and ubiquitous leftie Polly Toynbee on the Conservative Party's tax proposals on marriage contained just one question (asked to Polly) that came from a position sympathetic to Conservative plans. This was clearly - and properly - a devil's advocate position assumed by leather-clad Shelagh. Unfortunately her other questions to Polly were asked from a stance unsympathetic if not hostile (like Polly) to the Conservative position, which is precisely not what an impartial interviewer should do. The worst example of this was "Polly Toynbee, does this feel out of kilter with modern life to you?". All her question to Nadine Dorries were asked from a critical position (including "So is this just a silly policy Nadine Dorries? It's just making noises to the party faithful?")
We'll soon see if this is a first-day blunder, not to be repeated, or whether it's a sign of bad things to come.
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