Gransnet forums

News & politics

NEW RULE FOR POLITICIANS BEING INTERVIEWED

(8 Posts)
Ramblingrose22 Thu 31-May-18 11:10:58

I was amused but not surprised to read yesterday of Richard Madeley's frustration when Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Defence) refused repeatedly to answer a question put to him on TV.

Richard Madeley terminated the interview because he was so angry about the deliberate attempt to ignore his question and he has received overwhelming support for having done so.

I have given up watching politicans being interviewed because you don't learn anything. Obsequious journalists seem to be so grateful that the politician has agreed to be interviewed that they never challenge them.

Today Richard Madeley has said that he's going to apply a "Three strikes and you're out" rule to politicians who keep refusing to answer his questions.

It's about time politicians realized that they are supposed to be answerable to us, the people. It is arrogant and highly disrespectful for them to think that it is acceptable to prevaricate or completely refuse to answer a journalists's question.

Let's hope other journalists follow suit.

Teetime Thu 31-May-18 11:12:20

This is why I am devoted to Jeremy Paxman - relentless!

goldengirl Thu 31-May-18 12:31:03

Andrew Marr is pretty good too!

Wheniwasyourage Thu 31-May-18 12:34:33

And Jon Snow is good. About time somebody stood up to these weaselly politicians. When you get one who does actually answer a straight question (ok, I can't think of one off the top of my head) it is so refreshing!

Grannyknot Thu 31-May-18 12:35:46

Agree, however, sometimes journalists asks questions that set people (including politicians) up. The question RM asked was "Do you regret ...etc" - there is no way to answer that question without being damned if you do (regret) and damned if you don't.

What he perhaps should have said is "I'm not going to answer your question".

Anniebach Thu 31-May-18 12:39:47

Richard Madeley , suppose politics gets him off the topic of ‘women’s problems’ and viagra , not forgetting his battle to form a pop group. Oh and impersonations, who could forget his ‘Ali G’ . He is so pompous

Wheniwasyourage Thu 31-May-18 12:46:14

Yes, you have a point, Grannyknot, and you're right, that's indeed what he should have answered. Thinking that answering the question they wish had been asked is always irritating though, and they need to learn not to do it.

Ramblingrose22 Thu 31-May-18 14:54:00

Grannyknot - all GW needed to have answered is "No" because he probably doesn't regret it. His rather childish insult to a major world power shows how out of his depth he is and underlines Theresa May's repeated failures to select people with a bit of nous for her Cabinet.

None of them are honest enough to say outright "I'm not going to answer your question" because they are too cowardly and realise how bad it would sound.

I don't care if Richard Madeley appears pompous at other times sometimes because it is about time that journalists stopped toadying up to politicians and allowing them to get away with not answering their questions.

If GW had any brains or imagination, he would have replied "Why do you think I would regret those words"? and insisted on RM explaining why he is asking.