Jeremy, Plaid Cymru and how to do economic competence

I have to confess to being something of a fan of Jeremy Paxman but his smugness can occasionally require use of the TV brick or alternatively a viewing of this excerpt from Newsnight below.

It is quite an old clip, having originally been posted by Dewi (Slugger’s Welsh + Rugby correspondent) around election time and which was perhaps a little too concealed in his post – I only just stumbled on it recently.

About two and a half minutes minutes into the discussion, poor Jeremy’s wheels start to come off. The lasting impression is not just of the unfortunate Paxers in a muddle but of a brilliant performance by Plaid’s senior economic advisor.

Sinn Féin take note!

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  • Nice one, Sammy. Paxo and our Paxo clones would be advised to avoid the deep end when swimming in the economic or other competency pool 🙂

  • John D

    Not only that — Paxo couldn’t hold his own against the guy from the English Defence League last week (on Wednesday’s Newsnight, I think), who ran rings round him. He (Paxman) doesn’t seem to make much effort to get himself briefed beforehand these days.

  • vanhelsing

    Quality material. P’oned

  • thethoughtfulone

    I remember watching this at the time and the guy seemed to be taking it cautiously until Paxman came blaring out with the bit about Wales receiving more than any other region. That was the equivalent of poking the sleeping dog with a pointy stick!

    Great stuff.

  • Rory Carr

    Quiet assurance beats smug self-regard. Well worth the reprise and essential viewing for those facing similar journalistic grillings on their party’s economic programme. The moral is: Do your homework, boys and girls.

  • Rory, I though the moral was “Leave it to those who know what they’re talking about”.

  • Rory Carr

    Oh dear! I would have to exclude myself then, Nevin and there’d be no fun in that.

  • Rory, this probably a Paxo-free zone 🙂

  • H/T Peter Robinson in Below The Radar for BBCNI @ 10:35 tonight.

  • Rory Carr

    Thanks for the notice, Nevin. I was unaware of this programme but can now record the series. I expect it will be pretty anodyne on all subjects.