Newsnight treated us to an engaging little follow-up of some of its biggest stories of 2007, but is still going on about the Iraqi “interpreters” without bothering to ask why these people are in any danger whatever of they really have been, as it was put it this time round, “serving the international community”.
Nor can Newsnight leave Uzbekistan alone, but not because of the ghastly Western-backed regime there, except insofar as it is “forcing out of school and into labour” children during the long summer holiday, when the schools are closed anyway.
Uzbek schools have this long holiday so that the children can help bring in the harvest. And British schools have it for exactly the same reason. Is the BBC too metropolitan to understand this, or just too posh?
And why don’t we actually put youths to work in the fields during that holiday? Now there’s a thought...