What, we can’t dine with MPs anymore?

If this was put into place, most mainstream journalists wouldn’t know what to do with themselves; they thrive on being close to corporate power:

The chair of the Scott Trust has suggested that political journalists should be forced to spend time covering another subject to prevent too cosy relationships with the governing class.

Speaking at the Convention on Modern Liberty in London on Saturday, Dame Liz Forgan – who chairs the Guardian and Observer owner – highlighted the danger of journalists becoming “too much a player”.

She cited CP Scott, the former editor of the Guardian between 1872 and 1929, who regularly had breakfast with then-prime minister David Lloyd George.

“A journalist needs to be an outsider,” Forgan said.

She suggested, light-heartedly, that this might be achieved if political journalists were moved to other patches from time to time.

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