Media

Just imagine the decision had gone the other way. Just imagine that the coalition had waved through News Corp‘s proposed £8.2bn bid to take British Sky Broadcasting private.

The story now would be about David Cameron overruling his coalition partners as well as his officials, shunning the need for an independent assessment of a complex competition issue, all in order to intervene on behalf of the most powerful media dynasty in the English speaking world. Read more

Jim Pickard

In December 2009 David Cameron made a speech in which he promised to reduce the burden of health and safety. His most heart-rending example was that of a small boy who drowned while fishing for tadpoles. As Cameron told his audience:

What’s more, the fear of transgressing all these rules causes people to stand aside when others need help.

This was most tragically illustrated in Wigan two years ago, when a ten year old drowned in a pond, having rescued his young sister, because officers were told not to intervene as they hadn’t undertaken their ‘water rescue’ health and safety training.

But was it a true story? Read more

Jim Pickard

It was only yesterday that a senior tabloid political commentator was telling me how he couldn’t wait for Ed Miliband to win the Labour leadership election. “David would be a disappointment from our point of view,” he said.

His argument was as follows: Not only would Mili-E be easy to caricature as “Red Ed”, slave to the unions and champion of unreconstructed lefty-ism. It would also be a human story of the less experienced younger brother committing fratricide against Britain’s level-headed former foreign secretary. And lastly he would – the theory went – not necessarily have the majority support of his own MPs.

(Kevin Maguire at the Mirror has also made the latter point on his blog). Read more

Some of the media maps have been unveiled over the past few days. There are some wonderful gadgets that often excel at doing very different things. Our award winners are:

Best overall map: Your licence fee has been put to good use. The BBC map does pretty much everything you might find useful and more. There is an excellent swingometer (not sure about the mug shot of Jeremy Vine). And the results page/profiles are pretty impressive. Shame they couldn’t combine the two. Read more