TV reporter Michael Cockerell has been making lovingly crafted films about politics and politicians for more than 30 years and very good at it he is too, but Cockerell must move with the times and so must MPs. Their trade is viewed with disdain veering towards hatred among large swaths of the electorate with the result that Tuesday night’s Inside the Commons on BBC2 was notably defensive about the place.
Not hard to see why. The confident mid-Victorians rebuilt the burned-out medieval Palace of Westminster as a palace and it still looks like one, albeit one that needs a lot of maintenance, as elderly buildings and people do. It took just 29 minutes of the hour-long programme – the first of four – before someone ( Charles Kennedy