Paulie at Never Trust A Hippy has started a worthy campaign against political journalists and commentators. Bravo. I am unable to watch any news programme or read any newspaper without seething with anger at how low political journalism has sunk.
These people besmirch the honourable profession of journalism. Most journalists I know are diligent reporters, analysts and seekers of the truth. Many political journalists are cynical, corrupt spinners who never let the truth get in the way of their own personal prejudices. Obsessed by spin, personalities and gossip they either deliberately or ignorantly mislead their readers and viewers in order to peddle their personal prejudices.
No political party is spared their cynical whining. Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians all suffer at the keyboard of those who are incapable or too afraid to articulate their own policies and stand up to democratic scrutiny.
The fact is that most people in politics are in it because they have a belief and want to make a difference. They want to make the world a better place. When mistakes are made it is because politicians are human. Policies are formulated and actions are taken with good intent. But political journalists prefer to imagine secondary motives, snouts in troughs and corruption. Perhaps they are looking in the mirror?
By destroying public trust in democratic institutions they are slowly but surely ripping apart the fabric of the nation to the detriment of us all.