Saturday, 21 January 2017


While watching the BBC News Channel this morning I heard Gavin Esler reading the news about the upcoming Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election and describing its ex-MP Tristram Hunt, without verbal quotation marks, as a Labour "moderate" - an interesting label for the BBC to apply, given that it naturally implies that the Jeremy Corbyn wing of the Labour Party is not moderate - i.e. extreme...

...something it's fine for us to say, but surely not for the BBC to suggest?


  1. Send it to Media lens, stat.

    Mind you, that may just pop a bonus track in the 'balance' album.

  2. in BBC-speak, "moderate" means "one of us".