Whenever David Cameron is interviewed by Andrew Marr, Mr Marr concentrates on asking him about Conservative cuts, yet when Gordon Brown was on this Sunday Andrew Marr did not ask him about cuts at all.
For months now, Conservative politicians have faced questions from Mr Marr about cuts. Why didn't he ask the Labour leader about what cuts he will make, how much will be cut from each spending department, how many jobs will be lost as a consequence?
Why does Andrew Marr seem to want to connect the idea of 'cuts' just with the Conservatives rather than with Labour?
The interview with Gordon Brown lasted 25 minutes. There was time.
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Thanks for your e-mail about 'The Andrew Marr Show' shown on 18 April.
I understand that you feel that Andrew Marr consistently asks David Cameron about Conservative cuts when he appears on the show, but you believe he didn't ask Gordon Brown the same questions about Labour cuts when he was a guest on the show on 18 April. I note that you believe that Andrew seems to be trying to connect the idea of cuts with the Conservative Party rather than the Labour Party.
We've raised your concerns with the Editor of 'The Andrew Marr Show' and he's provided the following response:
"Senior Labour politicians have been asked about cuts - and tax rises - on the Marr show over the past few months. The truth is there will be budget cuts whoever is in power after the election.
It is also true that David Cameron has said that Labour's plans for reducing planned spending and working to reduce the deficit were inadequate and that a Conservative government would implement reductions "faster and deeper".
Being even handed and applying the same rigorous approach to each party does not mean asking each politician the same questions. For instance the issue in the first debate where Gordon Brown provided answers that were least appreciated by those polled afterwards - the area where all the indications are that he performed least well compared to his two fellow leaders - was on immigration...so the producers decided that they would begin the interview with Gordon Brown with this topic. There would not be a similar reason to choose the same topic with David Cameron whose responses on this subject met with more popular approval."
We do appreciate your taking the time to express your concerns and so please be assured that I've registered your complaint on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that's circulated to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.
The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.
Once again, thanks for taking the time to contact us.
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