Don Foster: an apology

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2007

I have in the past been rather unkind about the Lib Dems’ culture spokesman, Don Foster. In particular, I suggested his knee-jerk opposition to super-casinos pandered to illiberal populism.

May I therefore take this opportunity to commend his support of Channel 4’s decision not to pull tomorrow’s documentary, Diana: The Witnesses In The Tunnel:

“While any programme about Diana’s death will cause distress to some members of the Royal Family, there is a legitimate public interest in the event, especially from a programme which provides new insights.

“Most commentators who have actually seen the programme praise it for the sensitive way it deals with a very delicate issue.

“Editorial decisions should not be made by ill-informed media hysteria but in the public interest and within existing broadcasting codes.”