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MPs should spend more time in front of the dispatch box, not the gogglebox

Photo - Helen CattThe Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, has today spoken out against the eviction of Laura White from last week’s X Factor.

The 21 year old singer from Bolton had been tipped to make it all the way to the final.

This is a matter of enormous national importance, a travesty of justice that should not go uncorrected by the highest powers in the land.

And why has he stopped there? Where is his mighty stand against the towering wrong that put Rachel Stevens in the bottom two on Strictly Come Dancing?

Or his raging condemnation of the cruel regime of Dancing on Ice which imposes a four-hour daily workout routine on helpless Emmerdale Star Roxanne Pallet?

If not Burnham, what MP will stand up for the downtrodden rejects of reality TV?

Oh, sorry Lembit, I forgot about you.

Reality Politics

Actually, Burnham’s comment was a quip designed to make a point.

And a very good point it was too.

Saying that MPs are often tempted to talk about what they wanted to see on the small screen, he added:

“Mainly we should resist that temptation to comment on editorial matters.”

Here, here Minister.

Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s recent comments on the Ross-Brand-Sachs scandal were, in my view, totally out of place.

I would expect the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to be concerning themselves with far weightier matters in a time of financial crisis.

Yes, the BBC is publicly funded but it is not a Government body and its editorial judgements should not be a matter for Parliament.

Getting involved just smacks of taking gratuitous pot shots or worse, an attempt at being ‘down with the people’ – a form of political ‘Dad-dancing’.


Unfortunately, Burnham’s excellent point got buried by his subsequent addition:

“Although the temptation is great in my case having seen the wonderful and talented Laura White very harshly voted off X Factor on Saturday.”

Cue such headlines as ‘Culture Secretary Andy Burnham Slams Laura White’s X Factor ejection’.

Oh dear. The age of irony is dead.

I’m a Politician, Get Me Out of Here

Still, it looks like there could soon be even more reason for the Rt Honorable members to be tuning in.

John Sergeant, the BBC’s erstwhile Political Correspondent, is still affably tangoing his way through Saturday nights with all the grace of a crippled rhino.

And today The Sun announced the new line-up for I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

Wending their way toward a bush-tucker trial will be former Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick and ex UKIP MP Robert Kilroy-Silk.


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