There’s not enough fisticuffs in politics

Now this is what Dr Mumbo calls lively political reporting.   

In an interview with Sky News political editor Adam Boulton – think the UK version of Laurie Oakes – and Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, things nearly got physical as the two debated over the spectacular events unfolding around the UK election.

And Boulton doesn’t let up in this second interview.


  1. Chris Walton
    11 May 10
    11:26 am

  2. I have never been a fan of Alistair Campbell but I think he carried himself far better in this exchange, keeping calm and focussed on what he was trying to say. Adam Boulton came across like a blubbering idiot.

  3. Yesterday's News
    11 May 10
    2:10 pm

  4. I heard this on radio – Boulton carried on like an arse. That’s the trouble with a lot of TV reporters, they forget their job description, see the camera rolling and want to be the f*cking star!

  5. mumbrella
    11 May 10
    3:11 pm

  6. I’ve seen a fair bit of Sky News UK’s coverage and it’s been very good. Boulton has been on a lot. I suspect he’s been working 20 hours days for the last week now. I’m not surprised he’s a tad grumpy.


    Tim – Mumbrella

  7. John Grono
    11 May 10
    3:39 pm

  8. With pollies like that no wonder there’s so many Poms over here! Game of snooker anyone?

  9. franksting
    12 May 10
    4:09 pm

  10. This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. I dispute that Laurie Oakes would’ve got so partisan!
    Did that blathering _____ REALLY think either Bradshaw or Campbell would agree with his Tory line?
    Grumpy? Hah, he’s bitter.
    The worst part for Boulton and his Tories is a year ago they were polling 10% higher. If Labour could’ve waited another 6 months, they probably would’ve won the election, despite the unfettered support of all of Murdochs Media Stable and the Daily H-il

  11. Taylor
    14 May 10
    3:59 pm

  12. I have to agree with Franksting – Laurie Oakes would never be as unashamedly biased as Adam Boulton has been this election campaign and, if I were Laurie Oakes, I’d be offended by the comparison. I also dispute Sky’s coverage has been “very good”. Sky toed the Murdoch line to the letter and can, along with the Sun et al, claim a portion of responsibility for the election result. Whether history judges the result to be a good or a bad thing, only time will tell.

    Here, also, is their earlier exchange in election night:

    Mind, Boutlon’s hasn’t been the only appalling journalistic performance from Sky presenters. Witness the annoying Kay Burley’s interview with protesters who were exercising their democratic right to campaign for eloctoral reform while the Lib/Con/Lab negotiations were taking place.

    Her interview led the protesters to change tack:

    And her history of hard-hitting interviews: