Recently I interviewed Nick Robinson the BBC’s political editor. One of my interests over many years has been the relationship between politics and the media. The interaction between politicians and the media plays a vital role in defining the way our political system works for the public. It is vital to freedom, democracy and the Parliamentary process. I introduced a Bill in 1993 called the Freedom and Responsibility of the Press Bill:
It was talked out by the government but the Press Complaints Commission did make changes as a result of that Bill and I like to think that it opened up a continuing debate about the way the media and politics interact.
One of my main concerns has been the way politicians and journalists are seen by so many members of the public as talking a similar language and – importantly – talking increasingly to themselves. It is no accident that politicians and journalists are heavily distrusted by the public.
Listen to the broadcast and let us know your views. Nick Robinson and I have discussed this before. We are both interested in your responses and I think a lot of other politicians and journalists will also be interested.