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Andrew MarrReacting to the news that Andrew Marr is joining the other political resignees, The Independent today has something which closely resembles an obituary for him. He is a good political editor, but I’ve always preferred Mark Mardell’s reports to Marr’s. What is it with political reporters and names beginning with M?

Given that Mr Marr has chosen to leave, and that the BBC are likely to try and poach Mr Robinson from ITN, it seems probable that the three biggest political posts in British TV are going to be contested over the next few months. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how it all pans out.

And Marr should, perhaps, worry that his picture (above) reminds me very much of ‘Come Hither Bill’. Even the Independent says he has “the perfect face for radio”.

This 581st post was filed under: Politics.

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