Sunday, 19 August 2012
Iain Duncan Smith shows his true colours
The BBC has a few interviewers / presenters who are expert in their own fields. One of them is Stephanie Flanders, an economist. She reported the facts and set up an interview with a nurse who is technically self-employed but only gets work for a few hours a week. And that infuriated Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He has lodged an official complaint with the BBC. The Telegraph reports that, "In an interview he accused Miss Flanders of 'pouring cold water' over figures showing a rise in the number of people in work and 'peeing all over' the efforts of British businesses." He went on to accuse the BBC of following Labour's reading of the economy. The Independent also has the story and quotes the BBC's response.
The objectionable language used by IDS is bad enough. But the fact that he complains about biassed reporting shows that he is not fit to hold office. He has been given ample opportunity to put the government's point of view. The media have a responsibility to look beyond the spin.