“All political motives are flawed…”

From the Daily Telegraph obit team (themselves the most hearty group of real journalists it has been my pleasure to encounter) on Charles Wheeler:

As a general rule he held politicians in low esteem and avoided meeting them socially. His reports on such programmes as Panorama and Newsnight, as well as countless BBC news bulletins, seemed to suggest that all political motives are flawed and that information must be judged accordingly.

I happen to like most politicians, and confess a certain human sympathy with the almost impossible task of bringing good and coherent government, whilst fighting manfully to retain a mandate at the next election. But you cannot report accurately what’s actually going on, if you don’t recognise – and try account for – the flaws in most political statements.