Bit of a break from the normal social media guff to look back to U.K. politics.
I’m no media trainer, but after finding these two videos absolutely terrifying, I do not envy any politician who is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman, of Newsnight fame.
First, from 1997, former Home Secretary Michael Howard dodges the same question 12 times. Howard comes off looking like a bit of an idiot while Paxman’s legend grows.
More recently, William Hague (another former leader of the opposition and current shadow foreign secretary) gets the Paxman treatment, avoiding the question 14 times.
Update: crappy quality video but you get the idea.
Like I said, I’m no media trainer but when faced with a bulldog like Paxman who just won’t give up the bone, what time do you change tack? Or do you do a basic cost benefit analysis and decide that looking like a bit of an idiot is better than saying something that is tantamount to political suicide?
On a side note, it’s interesting to see how much Hague has aged since he was a fresh faced 16 year old, making his first appearance at the Conservative party conference back in 1977.
As Ben Elton would say "Oooh! Little bit of politics there".