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BBC Radio 5: the noble Lord, Baron Jones of Birmingham, shouts down a Royal Mail worker

nicky campbellAs the government gives notice to the stock exchange that it plans to privatise the Royal Mail “in the coming weeks” Nicky Campbell hosted a ‘phone-in’ on Radio 5 this morning.

In general an excellent broadcaster, on this occasion Nicky shared a failing with others – for instance David Dimbleby on TV’s ‘Question Time’ – in allowing forceful politicians or their corporate allies to interrupt and drown out anyone with views they do not welcome.

Today it was the turn of a postwoman who was asked to state her case but then was repeatedly interrupted and heckled by Digby Jones who preferred to bluster instead of putting forward a calm and reasoned contribution.

Was he impelled to do this because he was losing the argument?

This should not have been allowed. Some people now have refused to appear on such media interviews because they have experienced this discourtesy which can actually damage the presentation of their case.

No lover of titles, this listener did feel that, if they continue to be handed out, the victim in this case was infinitely more deserving of an honour than her assailant.

Noting visitors to the site from 22 countries last week, the writer hopes one day to be able to give them news of the reform of Britain’s plutocratic regime.