Prospect magazine’s epic fail

Tonight, the UK media are abuzz, talking about an “exclusive” story in Prospect magazine today about Brexit and Michel Barnier. This exclusive story has since been covered by The Sun, Mail, Telegraph and other news outlets.

There are actually two articles, one the original by Christine Ockrent and a reaction piece to it by Prospect editor Tom Clark.

There are two major problems with these pieces.  Continue reading Prospect magazine’s epic fail

Let down by the media

This is a topic we have covered before, but it deserves revisiting. The blame for Brexit going badly cannot be solely attributed to politicians.

Why? because the media that should be bringing the facts to the nation simply isn’t doing so.

Like it or not, the media and politics are entwined like never before. People in Westminster seem to move from jobs at newspapers to political think tanks, to work as advisers to politicians, to Quangos and charities and then back to the media. 

Spend just a short time on twitter and you will often see backslapping tweets like “congratulations to Emma who has gone from the newsdesk at the {insert paper here] to work at the [insert name here] think-tank” or “Congratulations to James who has just left his position at the Smithson foundation charity to work as communications advisor to a Government Minister”.  Continue reading Let down by the media

Catastrophic Confidence

In an episode of the BBC comedy Red Dwarf, the down-on-his-luck crewman Dave Lister met physical embodiments of both his Self-confidence and Paranoia. 

Paranoia was a small, weaselly man who constantly reminded Dave of his shortcomings and failures, while Confidence was a large happy man who praised Dave non-stop and always tried to cheer him up. 

Lister (Left), Confidence (Right) © BBC

Continue reading Catastrophic Confidence