My views on the stories that don't matter

Pile of newspapersDeath of Anna Nicole Smith: tragic, but not an international news story that needs live coverage on rolling news channels.

Miliband’s “gaffe”: plenty of politicians I can think of have had a bounce in their popularity after they stood down – so his comment that in a future with Brown as PM people might be pinning for Blair was really just a statement of the extremely likely. About as newsworthy and gaffe-like as if he’d said there’ll be some sunny days this summer.

Politics and the media would all be much better off if we just grew up a bit and realised that stating the obvious or listening to views and changing your mind are normal, human, sensible things to do – not shock horror gaffes or embarrassing u-turns.