No agreement about the personal side of Gordon and Dave

I’ve a fond memory of two journalists in the old Stormont pressroom in the days when members of the trade actually took verbatim shorthand notes. One was from the Newsletter, the other from the Irish News. They would do separate “takes” in turn, that is, make notes of proceedings and later at the corner of the big long table, swap notes to piece together the raw account of the debate. Then they would go off and file completely different reports for their respective unionist and nationalists readers. When it comes to seeing the same thing through different eyes, journalists are no different from the rest of us.
Ben Brogan The Telegraph

The Tories should be delighted with the outcome of Dave’s session with ITV and Trevor McDonald. It produced a far more rounded and more useful portrait of its subject than Gordon Brown’s stilted two-hander with Piers Morgan did of him

Simon Hoggart The Guardian

Would he ever contemplate firing George Osborne? What did they expect him to say? “No, even if he were convicted of grievous bodily harm and downloading child porn, he would keep his job”?

For my money, the Dave show with Sir Trevor came over flat. He seemed happier in his own skin than Gordon but unlike the PM , he didn’t say a single interesting thing. Cheeky chappie Piers Morgan would have livened it up with the odd squib as he did for Gordon. The appearances on non-news shows continue even before the campaign has started. Latest Gordon on his public image on Woman’s Hour.

It was marriage (not Sarah’s PR experience) that did it… When we’re talking about the death of a child it’s very difficult.. but I’ve got nothing to hide…(Bullying charges ) were damaging.. I’m a tough guy but I work in an open plan office and we are a family.. people have worked with me for 15, 20 years..”.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London