I had a very enjoyable joust with Polly Toynbee for over an hour this evening at a Tory Reform Group media panel. Peter Oborne had to go to Washington (as you do ) so it was just Polly and me. I was my sweet reasonable self, and rather disappointingly so was she. The only flashpoint came on crime where she insisted that all crime was lower and that people's fear of it was irrational and media-fed. I begged to differ and pointed out that violent crime was up, gun crime was up and so was nife crime. I also said that much crime goes unreported, but Polly pointed out that the British Crime Survey demonstrated that crime was still down. An audience member came to my rescue and helpfully told us that Under 16 criminals or victims of crime were not included in the BCS, not were white collar crimes.
I suspect I was not the foaming at the mouth rabidly right wing blogger she was expecting, and to be honest, she was so nice and pleasant that I couldn't bring myself to be as forthright as I might like to have been! I really am far too nice for this political mullarky :)