The framing of “facts versus feelings” won’t work for the liberal right on race any better than it has for the liberal left on immigration.
As one side becomes more sensitive to perceived breaches of neutrality, the other becomes less willing or able to accept when it has erred.
Both sides must recognise that the Corporation as a whole can be performing well whilst its political coverage alienates Conservatives.
If police officers are shouting at people with loudhailers and disbanding picnickers in local parks, then, good.
The trust factor is simply less relevant, because fewer people are accessing the Corporation’s output in the first place.
It is straining to be bigger and better, and see further, faster. But the lesson of the story is that it can’t see everywhere at once.
The relative downsizing of election news is likely to freeze the current campaign in aspic. That ought to help the party which leads in the polls.
Plus: I have the right to speak my mind about Liverpool. Plus: am I a true Conservative?
Plus: Could the Brexit Party get a free run from the Conservatives in 50 seats? Welcome, Chris Mason. And: my weekend.
Plus: The good and bad sides of Twitter – all in my week. How it may have helped to save a life. But also saw me slagged off for something I didn’t say.
“How would you feel if we spent the money on local transport links in the Midlands and the north?’’ Gove asked Conservative MPs last year.
And: For May, there should be no way back from losing. My Tory leadership straw poll. Cox, a man of substance and integrity. Plus, Tower of Power extra: Dick for Iain.
Yes: there was nothing I could do to stop Sean Spicer from being an utter dick. Plus: Guido’s recovery, the Tory Chief Whip’s troubles…and Mamma Mia 2.
Plus: Crunch point on Brexit. Farewell to Biteback. Bannon’s loose tongue and persistent loyalty. And: face to face with Jacqui Smith.
Plus: For and against bombing Syria. For Andrew Neil. Against Andrew Adonis. And: not an erection in sight.