Sunday is a good day for political piffle. If your average politician (most of whom are decidedly average) can rock up on BBC’s Andrew Marr show or alongside ITV’s Robert Peston and say something definitive, they can dominate the day’s news agenda.
There’s good, and obvious, reasons for this. Most of it is down to resources. Nothing much happens on a Sunday, Govt is not in session and newsrooms and related offices are staffed accordingly. Consequently, if you want to say something and have it go unchallenged, say it on a Sunday.
A few weeks ago it was possible to witness this in action. The newly appointed Conservative Party Chairman was on with Marr and said that the Govt was doing everything in its power to prevent the release of rapist John Warboys. I was out in my car and heard this on every news bulletin I encountered. Within 24 hours it had been disproved.