Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Serious domestic political and economic analysis and interpretation is missing

Rather fatuous Newsnight yesterday, making economic predictions for the next fifty years.

As economic predictions over the next fifty days are often wildly inaccurate, the prospect of a fifty-year prediction is ridiculous.

Perhaps they just wanted to be sensationalist and frighten the gullible with nonsense scenarios.

For instance, would anyone in 1962 have been able to predict how 2012 would turn out?

Since the departure of Stephanie Flanders and Nick Robinson Newsnight has struggled to re-establish its credibility in political and economic analysis.  The reporting and interviewing is fine.  Science coverage is excellent.  Foreign affairs excellent.  Occasional studio debates usually good.  And the quirky Stephen Smith items work more often than they fall flat.

But the serious domestic political and economic analysis and interpretation is missing.

Yesterday I switched it off at 10.40pm, which I have rarely done before.

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