The BBC have confirmed that Downing Street tried to have Alistair Campbell removed from the panel on tonight's Question Time and withdrew the scheduled senior ministerial panellist (David Laws) when the corporation refused to comply with this unwarranted interference. Yet another example of how the New Politics is just the same old politics and proof that spin is alive and well in Downing Street, despite the fine words from Cameron.
It strikes me as very odd that the Conservatives will willingly debate with Nick Griffin - sending Baroness Warsi, who now attends Cabinet - but refuse to share a platform with Campbell. Naturally, the government are not required to attend Question Time, but to demand that they get to pick the panel is a gross interference in the editorial independence of the BBC. This isn't Sky News, you know.