The PM today makes a speech today on how we plan for the future of elderly care. A hugely important issue given the deficit that awaits any future government unless something radical is done first. And yet, just five paragraphs into the BBC’s coverage, they return to their favourite activity – gossip:
“The speech comes after a weekend dominated by memoirs from Cherie Blair, John Prescott and Lord Levy focusing on his relationship with Tony Blair.”
And that has what, exactly, to do with this subject? It must be so easy being a political correspondent these days. You don’t have to know anything about the subject, about policy as such. Just repeat the latest gosspip going round the press gallery. The important thing is that you’re all saying exactly the same thing. Heaven forfend that one of you steps out of line and says something original. How would you explain that to your news editor?