30 January 2010

The BBC needs a new political editor

Finally, after six hours of questioning at the Iraq Inquiry the Blair-baiting brigade got the headline they were looking for when Chilcot asked Blair if he had any regrets.  However, the ‘Let’s embarrass the former Prime Minister’ platoon struck gold even before Blair had uttered a word.

Lead by the over-excitable Nick Robinson, this platoon had great delight in reporting how Blair was so nervous as he took his seat in front of Chilcot & Co.  Robinson then took to the airwaves and even blogged about it:

His face was stretched taut with nerves. His top lip appeared to be locked solid. As the Iraq inquiry's chairman, Sir John Chilcot, told the world that this was not a trial, the witness's hands opened a bottle of water, his hands visibly shaking.

Tony Blair clasped both hands together in front of him to steady himself as Sir John expressed the hope that the inquiry could go about its business in an orderly way without disruption.

Did we really need to know this pointless stuff?  Who wouldn't have been nervous in the same situation?

Robinson has a responsible job to do. There many that are not that interested in politics who probably turn to BBC’s political editor for the odd bit of news.  Do they really need to know this trivial nonsense?

A few weeks ago he totally discredited himself over the latest failed coup, much to the delight of many.  His reporting is often sloppy.

Robinson will not be best pleased if, on the night of the election, someone reports how nervous he is at the start of the BBC’s results programme.

It is time the BBC replaced Robinson with someone  credible, who is able to use his or her judgement before rushing recklessly onto the latest news bulletin.

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