There seems to be no doubt that George Osbourne is suffering for his , in my view , indiscrete remarks about Mandelson .
What goes on tour , should stay on tour .
If he has , indeed , made improper financial overtures to this Russian magnate , then he must be punished - never mind any damage this may do to his party .
It is surprising , however , that these allegations have received quite the level of slanted coverage that they have .
One would expect such an approach from The Guardian (an extreme left-wing newspaper) or The Times (the newspaper to whom the letter making the allegations was written ).
It is the right of these publications to make whatever comment they wish , nor does anyone have to pay to read their comments unwillingly .
The B.B.C. is a different matter , bound , as it is , in Statute to be impartial and funded by a poll-tax .
Having watched B.B.C. News and The Politics Show today , it was evident that the presenters were slavishly pushing the embattled Prime Minister's agenda .
First , the luxury of Osbourne's holiday was cast up repeatedly in picture and word . It was repeatedly insinuated that "the man who would be Chancellor in these times of financial crisis" ( to quote directly from News 24 ) and , by extension , his party led a life of unparalleled hedonism and luxury , unattainable by all but them and their corrupt cronies .
Don't vote for the Eevill Tories , in their top hats , flicking cigar ash at dying baby dolphins from the decks of their private yachts while widows and orphans go hungry .
Vote instead for The People's Party and The Great Leader , who understand your problems and toil ceaselessly on the minimum wage for YOUR benefit .
Eh ? Where was "plain Lord" Mandelson again ?
The second most nauseating part was the B.B.C.'s ignoring of the hypocrisy of this Labour angle and also the way they were falling over themselves to ignore the real political issue of the day ( the government's handling of the economic crisis ) and sneer at the Conservatives . In doing this they were transparently following the same agenda as the Labour Party at P.M.Q.'s and in their dealings with the media .
Had they been given instructions ?
This extreme bias (the worst yet) has been picked up by several other like-minded commentators .
Guido has a good comment on the B.B.C.'s Robert Peston and his approach .
Mrs.Dale gives a good account of the Tory side of the story . -entirely missing from our state broadcaster's output .
And Melanie Philips is just going mad !
When are we going to get a Fox News -style channel here to balance this leftist rubbish out ?
More to the point , when are we going to be freed from having to pay for it ?