Are there two Faisal Islam’s?

Faisal Islam

Faisal Islam

Last week, I watched a very aggressive journalist named Faisal Islam interview Michael Gove on Sky TV.  He interrupted constantly, wagging his figure and was clearly highly animated.  Tonight, I watched a journalist also called Faisal Islam interview the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on a Sky debate.  His style and demeanour was utterly different.  There was little challenge, no finger jabbing and a moderation that distinguished him utterly from the Michael Gove debate.

Shortly after Corbyn’s turn, the “old” Faissal Islam returned to the Sky screen when he interviewed Nigel Farage.  Here we were back to the aggression and finger jabbing style.  I conclude that there is only one Faisal Islam and that we have not all viewed a Jekyl & Hyde character.  What I think we have seen is a lefty journalist who has used his position to support the Remain cause and has allowed his political prejudice to shine through his TV appearances.  Now, this is Sky which is not subject to the requirement for the BBC to present a balanced view but neither is it Channel Four which is clearly there to present a view from the left.

So, what has happened to the Murdoch empire which has traditionally been anti-EU?  Is he allowing editorial freedom which I doubt or is he trying to face both ways.  I suspect this would not be entirely out of character.  We shall see, I hope!

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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