The BBC could do worse than sign up the entire home affairs select committee for the Newsnight summer slot while Jeremy goes fishing.
Their questioning of the men from the Yard combined all the qualities needed – aggression, persistence and bitchiness – for an entertaining grilling.
It is of course easier to hunt as a pack. A lone interviewer has to simultaneously listen to the answer, plan the follow-up question, and tune in to talkback. But the MPs still managed to score points with almost every question. And how many of us, having spent hours in political interviews trying to find a tiny morsel of truth, envied MP Nicola Blackwood her response to Andy “Good God, that is a real attack on my integrity” Hayman – “I feel as though I have fallen down the rabbit hole”.
Even chairman Keith Vaz, never a man to set the airwaves on fire, knew exactly how to play it. Keep the questions short, give them less time to think of their answers, he told his team. And he himself produced the perfect pay-off – “Normally, I would sum up the evidence, but on this occasion, it speaks for itself”.
Back at the Yard, apparently, they were angry about the way their men had been treated. Oh dear.