It seems a bit late in the day to post this, but Andrew Marr’s Sunday morning conversation with Shami Chakrabarti seems to have made quite an impression. She has set off a load of speculation about a future post in the shadow cabinet. When asked about it by Marr her evasive response was almost identical to her previous evasiveness when questioned about those rumours of a peerage. No wonder everyone is speculating.
She’s plainly on a mission to reinvent her image. “Born again” as an honourable woman.
She seemed somewhat sheepish and subdued on Marr, looking anxiously back and forth at her fellow guests and Andrew for approval, and as I said in my comment she was careful not to be too critical of Theresa May, acting like someone on their best behaviour. It was noticeable that she did not grab the opportunity to have a jolly good go at Keith Vaz, which showed admirable restraint, given the way he publicly humiliated her over those infamous little post-it notes.
Of course, on this occasion we might be especially interested in Andrew Marr’s approach to his guest. I realise that she was not invited onto the programme as an interviewee - rather she was only there to review the Sunday papers, but since the banter did turn into a kind of interview, Marr might have probed more effectively. As it is, he merely gave her a platform to defend herself and assure us that she was not a corrupt woman. Who actually suggested she was?
The Guardian has kindly provided this excerpt for our entertainment.