Over at Iain Dale’s Blog there is a certain amount of sympathy for Labour Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna.
As Iain Dale points out:
I don’t blame him. There was nothing wrong in Murnaghan asking him about the Pickles letter, but to press it in the way he did (and with a bit of a smirk on his face) was rude, smart-arsish and counter productive.
If a guest walks out of an interview, as a interviewer, it’s you who looks bad, not the guest. If that happened to me, I would think I had failed in my job.
Whilst we don’t disagree that Murnaghan was at fault, Umunna could have acted more professionally. He lost his cool and that’s unforgivable from today’s highly media trained politicians.
In effect, both men were out of order, the public is unimpressed by this type of TV experience. Little wonder the viewing figures are down year after year across the UK mainstream media, and no surprise that politicians are seen in such low regard by the majority of voters.