Kelvin MacKenzie doesn't like being doorstepped by Channel 4

Alex Thomson confronts the former Sun editor over Hillsborough front page.

Today, Channel 4's Alex Thomson "doorstepped" former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie over his infamous "The Truth" front page following the Hillsborough disaster.

Here's his account of what happened (read from the bottom up):

(Read the Storify below for @alextomo's full account)

Kelvin Mackenzie slams a car door on Channel 4 reporter

Alex Thomson doorsteps the former Sun editor over the Hillsborough front page.

Storified by Helen Lewis · Tue, Sep 18 2012 04:52:02

#c4news I am doorstepping former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie over his #Hillsborough lies.alex thomson
#c4news am at his home in Surrey - alrge detached house, Mercedes 4x4 in drivealex thomson
#c4news K Mackenzie told #c4news to "f**k off"alex thomson
#c4news called again and he said "you're not setting the agenda Alex"alex thomson
#c4news I asked why he was afraid and he said "I'm not afraid" as he disappeared further into his house having shut the dooralex thomson
#c4news I asked why he's disregarded his own journalists over Hillsborough headline 'The Truth'. He did not answer.alex thomson
@alextomo if he fails to emerge please knock on his door 96 timesJos Bell
#c4news doorstepped K Mackenzie again by jamming self between him in driver's seat and open car dooralex thomson
#c4news K Mackenzie tells #c4news "Please Alex, this isn't reasonable". Declines to expain himself over Hillsboroughalex thomson
#c4news tonight K Mackenzie's response to questions about #Hillsborough. Was to hit me repeatedly with his car door.alex thomson
#c4news tonight he only stopped when I pointed out he was assaulting mealex thomson

UPDATE 18/09/2012 15:20 There is now a video of Alex Thomson doorstepping Mackenzie:

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What Jeremy Corbyn gets right about the single market

Technically, you can be outside the EU but inside the single market. Philosophically, you're still in the EU. 

I’ve been trying to work out what bothers me about the response to Jeremy Corbyn’s interview on the Andrew Marr programme.

What bothers me about Corbyn’s interview is obvious: the use of the phrase “wholesale importation” to describe people coming from Eastern Europe to the United Kingdom makes them sound like boxes of sugar rather than people. Adding to that, by suggesting that this “importation” had “destroy[ed] conditions”, rather than laying the blame on Britain’s under-enforced and under-regulated labour market, his words were more appropriate to a politician who believes that immigrants are objects to be scapegoated, not people to be served. (Though perhaps that is appropriate for the leader of the Labour Party if recent history is any guide.)

But I’m bothered, too, by the reaction to another part of his interview, in which the Labour leader said that Britain must leave the single market as it leaves the European Union. The response to this, which is technically correct, has been to attack Corbyn as Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland are members of the single market but not the European Union.

In my view, leaving the single market will make Britain poorer in the short and long term, will immediately render much of Labour’s 2017 manifesto moot and will, in the long run, be a far bigger victory for right-wing politics than any mere election. Corbyn’s view, that the benefits of freeing a British government from the rules of the single market will outweigh the costs, doesn’t seem very likely to me. So why do I feel so uneasy about the claim that you can be a member of the single market and not the European Union?

I think it’s because the difficult truth is that these countries are, de facto, in the European Union in any meaningful sense. By any estimation, the three pillars of Britain’s “Out” vote were, firstly, control over Britain’s borders, aka the end of the free movement of people, secondly, more money for the public realm aka £350m a week for the NHS, and thirdly control over Britain’s own laws. It’s hard to see how, if the United Kingdom continues to be subject to the free movement of people, continues to pay large sums towards the European Union, and continues to have its laws set elsewhere, we have “honoured the referendum result”.

None of which changes my view that leaving the single market would be a catastrophe for the United Kingdom. But retaining Britain’s single market membership starts with making the argument for single market membership, not hiding behind rhetorical tricks about whether or not single market membership was on the ballot last June, when it quite clearly was. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.