Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Yesterday morning I listened to a piece on Radio 4's Today Programme with more than a little passing interest. It concerned the stock market flotaton of YouGov. The business reporter gave a glowing account of the company and the likely success of the flotation. What she didn't mention was that sitting next to her in the studio was a journalist who stood to make an absolute killing (rumoured to be a quarter of a million pounds). Nothing wrong with that you may think, but the journalist in question was John Humphrys who makes a living out of questioning politicians about standards in public life. Do you not think it might have been appropriate if after that piece had been broadcast he might have made just a brief declaration of interest? What's good for the goose...

PS I should also declare an interest - I won a miniscule number of shares in YouGov, and am delighted by its success!

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