The urge to throw a missile at the radio is never far away when the current affairs programmes are on air - especially now it's almost election time. The set came close to extinction this morning during a particularly obtuse piece about the silly memo from the FO about the Papal visit.
The Right Reverend Dr Peter Forster, the bishop of Chester, was debating (?) the issue with John Humphreys on the Today programme. Both of them completely missed the point that the memo was really objectionable in context only. A stand-up comedian making the same points would hardly ruffle many feathers, but the fact that it came as an official paper from an (admittedly tiny) cog in the huge machinery of the UK Civil Service was what made it a serious issue.
Instead, Mr Humphreys and Dr Forster waffled on about the limits of free speech and anti-Christian bias in an entirely unilluminating and unincisive way. Either I'm getting more perceptive in my old age, or journos are failing to analyse issues effectively - but I do find the standard of questioning and debate to be pretty pathetic on the whole.