Here’s a simple test to see if you too have what it takes to edit The Guardian.
a. You have an interview lined up with a Treasury minister.
b. You have a journalist who happily admits they don’t understand the difference between a cyclical and structural deficit.
Do you say:
1. “Pah, so what? It’s not like we need an interviewer who can understand the basics of economics to interview an economics minister”, or
2. “Err, could we get a different interviewer?”
If your answer is #1: well done, you’re made it (as the third paragraph of this new interview with Danny Alexander demonstrates).
If your answer is #2: commiserations; join me in the corner muttering about what has British journalism come to and the modern fashion for thinking ignorance is admirable.