The consequences of Politics as Hello Magazine

I well remember being wonderfully amused by a commentator on Tax Research UK suggesting that the BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, should be a correspondent for Hello Magazine.

Mind you they might not be able to afford her wages of almost £250,000 a year.

Political reporting has definitely become far too personality based. An article by Laura Mcinerny, somebody I confess I’ve actually never heard of (but maybe I should have) is quite correct when she says the media concentrate far too much on politics rather than policy.

And I’d suggest that this has also led to the demise of much real investigative reporting. Not one journalist examined why the government had held up the review of fire safety standards for over eight months after  deaths in tower blocks and high-rise flats. Similar doubts had been expressed even in the Thatcher era.

It seemed to be much more interesting to ridicule Mr Corbyn and his acolytes whilst waiting for something more interesting.

It is no wonder that the people on DoubleDownNews are now refusing opportunities to work for main stream media – even the BBC.

They’ll stick to retaining control with on line productions, where they consider people will be able to hear them uninterfered by any vested interests.

And with the news that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea thought they could not allow either the public or reporters into their latest meeting (couldn’t they stream it on line?) we seem to have ended up with not only tower blocks that are not fit for purpose but also journalists and councillors.

All in all, a decidedly challenging outcome for the idea that the market will decide.

I usually prefer the idea that the government must decide, though whether our current one has the necessary intelligence or courage is doubtful.

But there is just a hope that this time the market might, perhaps, give us the right decision.


  1. Sean Danaher -

    Indeed I can’t remember who made the comment about Kuenssberg, but at the time I was also very amused. I seem to remember the week before she had being parroting some inane neoliberal tripe with a level of analysis which would have failed a GCSE Economics student.

    There is something wrong with our media; the Today program ran a special on “austerity” earlier this week which was deeply depressing in the poor level of analysis and participants. I switched off after a while. I don’t think I have become any more left wing in my lifetime but there seems a growing right-wing bias. I used to read the Telegraph to see what the opposition was up to but can’t stomach it any longer. The only UK papers I bother with any more are the Guardian and FT.

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