Not being in any way at risk of being interviewed on Newsnight, I have the privilege of being able to say that in my view, Jeremy Paxman is well past his sell-by.
Last night he had three reps from the LibLabCon axis sitting there, talking about something that I cannot remember because they were all talking at the same time as each other, creating an impression of total confusion. Even more confusion that actually exists. Paxman was awful, putting questions that required thoughtful answers, but interrupting a few seconds into the response. It is impossible to take in a thought if it is truncated before finished.
Paxman's sneering and contemptuous tone sounds like a prefect interrogating a wayward fag* as a preliminary to beating his buttocks with a cricket bat.
The job of the BBC is to educate, inform and entertain. Paxman's interviews fail on all three counts.
Interviewing of politicians should be tough in the sense of intellectually challenging, and they should elucidate what the politician is saying, and should explore the unintended consequences, but Paxman has lost it. He is monotonous, in the sense that the only tone he has is total destructiveness.
Last time I was on telly, I said to the interviewer, "If you interrupt me, I will interrupt you". And I did. So no more telly for me. I don't mind, because telly is so last century.
*for American readers, this is a term for a child slave in British public** schools.
**for American readers, this is a British term for a private school.