Is foxhunting David Cameron’s favourite sport? Does he ‘love it’, as Andrew Marr quoted him as saying on his BBC show last Sunday? As I pointed out earlier this week, no, he doesn’t. The quote in question never actually existed, and certainly not in the magazine that it was attributed it to – the quarterly one of the Countryside Alliance. But, to his credit, Andrew Marr this morning apologised to his viewers for misleading them.
As he said: ‘You may have noticed that the Prime Minister looked mildly disconcerted when I put to him a quote about his views on fox hunting. Well, not surprisingly. It turns out he never said it…. We can’t expect politicians to apologise and then and then not do it ourselves, can we? Sorry.’
Well there you go. Three cheers to Andrew Marr for admitting to the mistake on air — and fingers crossed that next time a quote looks out of place, they track it down to its original source.