Sunday 7 February 2010

Ed Balls

I interviewed the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families at a school in Malton for my colleague who was working on a story about libraries being compulsory in prisons but not in schools. I tried quite a few times to push him on this but, typical politician, he knows how to answer difficult questions.

His press officer was very keen dictate where we shot the interview (living up to the government press officer stereotype of being controlling!). There was a 'The Thick Of It' moment, when the press officer and my cameraman had a blazing row about where it would be filmed - eventually we agreed to do it in a meeting room with a rack of books behind him.

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