I'm still scrambling to try and catch up with last week's programmes and have landed on last Wednesday's The World at One (dominated by Election Call to Nick Clegg). Ken Clarke's scene-stealing performance at the Conservative Party press conference, where he warned of the dangers of a hung parliament (comments attacked on the programme by economist George Magnus, who was one of the signatories to that letter to the FT defending Labour's economic plans, and defended by...no-one) was described by an excited Norman Smith. 'How has it gone down with his colleagues?', asked Martha. With all his usual hyperbole, Norm replied "With huge alarm" .
Norm's colossal problem is that by massively inflating every single completely catastrophic dilemma facing the calamity-prone Tories every second of every minute of every day and overstating things to an absolutely huge extent disastrously weakens the impact of what he is saying. He should calm down.