AS FAR as I know, no date has yet been set for the Glenrothes by-election. So imagine my surprise to be accosted by a Channel 4 reporter as I entered the Midland Hotel in Manchester this morning and to be asked about Labour’s chances.
“Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves – we don’t even know when polling will be,” says I to the young woman who, by now, seemed understandably more concerned about releasing her high heel from a drain than in my answer.
“But it has been set – November 6.”
I hesitated, and said: “Really?” Then blustered on, having been totally caught out.
It transpired that I was right – no date has been set, and I don’t know how the reporter in question had come to that conclusion. So I’m assuming my surprised and puzzled countenance did not find its way onto Channel 4 News.
That’s the problem with journalists these days – they feel they have every right to shove a camera in your face and shout questions at you without so much as a by-your-leave. But it’s even worse when they throw inaccurate information at you and expect you to respond to it with a camera on you.
And I get the feeling there is not a single person reading this who’s going to feel the slightest bit of sympathy for me.