Here’s the footage of Alistair Darling’s interview in Glasgow with James Naughtie a few days ago. If you want to spend 35 minutes of your life watching a man totally dodge every question asked of him, it’s your lucky day.
Naughtie does ask a few decent ones, particularly on the currency and EU, but Darling just waffles his way past all of them (a particular trick we’ve noticed among Labour politicians lately is saying “Let me just say this and then I’ll answer your question”, whereupon they trot out some boilerplate and then don’t answer the question), and Naughtie doesn’t ever press him any further.
So, y’know, saving the £20 was probably the smart call.
If you want to see the audience Q&A (sadly not so professionally recorded) we’ve already posted it here, and you can also see the corresponding Naughtie interview with Alex Salmond from a few weeks ago here.
One trivial but enlightening thing did leap out at us in passing. Throughout the interview Darling refers to the First Minister as “Salmond”. It’s a disrespectful form of address when done in person, and we can’t immediately bring to mind an instance of the FM referring in speech to “Darling” or “Cameron” without either their first name or “Mr”.
It’s a small detail, but we think it reveals a lot.