“We’re welcome to brief whoever we like.”


My friend Joe posted this view on twitter earlier today and he is not someone who is biased towards one political party or another based on my own understanding. Clearly nobody is obliged to read papers or watch the news in a balanced manner and indeed over many years although I found it frustrating when some of my friends bought the Daily Mail or Mail on Sunday on a regular basis, the freedom for them to read extremely biased articles is something all people are entitled to do, even if it creates ignorance or confusion in some settings.

The fact that reporters from the Daily Mirror, The i, HuffPost, Politics Home and The Independent were rejected by Lee Cain on behalf of our nations prime minister may well have reflected Cain and Johnsons personal views in the same way that I disagree with the Mail and Telegraph which on Sunday through Tim Stanley was claiming it had delivered our rejection of the EU since 1990. However the refusal to read a newspaper or watch a programme by an individual is very different to the denial to certain papers by so called public servants who get paid by all of us to do their job to represent our whole nation, even if most people did not vote for them to be elected!

According to this article which Joe provided the link for “Among those who walked out in protest were the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, ITV’s political editor Robert Peston and political reporters from the Daily Mail, Sky News, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Financial Times and The Guardian”. So it is good news that they did so. Let us hope that this ban brings Johnson and Cain to understand how they are supposed to behave in the future!

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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