Brass neck

How can members of the government such as Beverley Hughes, the child protection minister, and other senior ministers have a considered opinion on something they have not even watched? Do they really expect us, as viewers (and possibly voters) to value their opinions on this basis? Their presumption patronises the public. It is precisely such behaviour that Brass Eye addresses.

Worse than that, it illustrates very well why the recent election received the lowest turnout since the First World War.

Rosie Naylor
London W2

This article first appeared in the 06 August 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The Murdochs: a family saga