Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Mourning Poor Journalism…

I’ve often praised City AM Editor Allister Heath on this blog and rightly so. His expert analysis of the financial impact of the recession and the financial impact of the political and economic response were and continue to be required reading for anyone trying to make sense of the global financial situation.

In the world of politics, however, Heath’s touch deserts him. He has made no secret of his contempt for the Labour Government and the Liberal Democrat Opposition and regularly criticises Alistair Darling and Vince Cable.

The Conservatives, on the other hand, get more sympathetic treatment and Heath fairly eulogised when George Osborne pledged to reverse the Labour National Insurance tax rise despite there being no options provided to meet the shortfall.

Today, however, Heath hit a new low, selectively quoting the YouGov poll from the Sun and using it to build a vacuous piece on the Conservatives repeating their 1980s landslides and what a good thing it would be. Then, to cover himself, he pretended to take the moral higher ground claiming that the paper would look impartially at the policy claims and ideas of all the main parties.

Totally unconvincing, Allister.

Why did you not mention the ICM poll with its four-point Conservative advantage suggesting that, contrary to your hyperbole, Labour was closing the gap steadily ?

Why can you not come out and say what everyone knows – you are a Conservative supporter and an unreconstructed Thatcherite. You will doubtless exhort your readership to vote Conservative on May 6th but why not say so now and stop hiding behind your vacuous platitudes ?

Perhaps you should stick to the finance and leave the politics to the experts.

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