It’s as strenuous as checking a risotto for evidence of rice

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There was an unexpected improvement on the jobs front when the latest figures were announced – and this immediately caused the BBC’s economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, to lift a cynical eyebrow.

The sceptical tone of her subsequent report incensed Iain Duncan Smith, the outraged Work and Pensions Secretary croaking: ‘She has peed all over British business.’

This alerted the Conservative Party who, once again suspecting reds under the corporation beds, has declared its intention to monitor BBC output between now and the conference season for any evidence of left-wing bias.

As far as strenuous tasks go, I reckon that’s about as difficult as monitoring a risotto for evidence of rice.