I've never seen Matthew D'Ancona fulminate before, but I suspect he might self combust when he appears on my 18 Doughty Street show tonight at 10pm. Why? Because the BBC have stopped Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis from writing for The Spectator. Her diary last week provoked the ire of BBC head honcho Helen Boaden, who overrulled Head of News Peter Horrocks and told Maitliss she could in future keep her thoughts to herself. It seems the BBC are still in the post Hutton paranoia era. But it is still one rule for some and a different rule for others. Why is Andrew Marr's diary in the Telegraph more acceptable than an Emily Maitlis column in The Speccie? I am so very glad I don't have to watch what I say like everyone at the BBC seems to have to.
It does seem off that Boaden should intervene to overrule Horrocks. He will not have been pleased. Ever ready with a quotable phrase, D'Ancona has called it the Vicky Pollard School of Management - yes but, no but.
UPDATE: Update from Matt D'Ancona HERE. The BBC seems to have backed down. Sort of.