Brown cuts out the middle man

Posted on April 21, 2009

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They’ve only gone and done it again. Just days after Alistair Darling irked economy reporters by issuing a YouTube statement on his hopes for the economy, now Gordon Brown has taken the heat out of the second-homes allowance row by demanding an urgent commons vote on reforms.

What news editors hate about this growing trend in government issuing missives online is that their correspondents don’t have a chance to grill politicians and get to the nitty gritty of their statements. Really, you should hear how they fume. Yet does the public really need a middle man to intermediate in the flow of information?

They no longer have to wait until the 6.30pm bulletin to get this information – it’s accesible online as soon as it’s released and just maybe they’re intelligent enough to add their own analysis to the news that they receive.

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