Breaking down the David Cameron interview (which lasted 23 minutes) into its consistuents topics shows the extent to which Marr dwelled (as I confidently predicted he would) on spending cuts and tax rises:
Cuts, deficit - 15m 26s (67%)
Priorities - 3m 20s (14.5%)
Hung parliament, campaign - 3 m 0s (13%)
Living Wage - 1m 18s (5.5%)
That is 2/3 of the whole interview spent discussing the subject Marr chose not to talk to Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown about at all!!! He even paused midway through the interview only to return to the subject again nearly 5 minutes later!
Compare that to Nick Clegg 's interview last week:
Hung parliaments, Clegg personally - 11m 7s (49.7%)
Immigration - 7m 32s (33.7%)
Trident - 3m 42s (16.6%)
Cuts, deficit - 0m os (0%)
Or to Gordon Brown's the week before:
Hung parliaments, campaign, the Queen - 12m 18s (48.5%)
Immigration - 5m 21s (21%)
Bankers - 3m 11s (12.5%)
Ash cloud - 2m 40s (10.5%)
Afghanistan - 1m 56s (7.5%)
Cuts, deficit - 0 m 0s (0%)
This is probably to place to reprint my complaint to the BBC after the Gordon Brown interview. I think you will see why!
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.
Marr's agenda has been blindingly obvious for months. This was its crowning glory!
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