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Byline: David Cameron

I LOOK forward to the BBC grilling David Cameron next Sunday about which illegal drugs he has used.

That is a legitimate question when lawmakers must not be lawbreakers, as the Tories are fond of shouting.

But Andrew Marr crossed a line yesterday in asking Gordon Brown if he takes painkillers to cope with the pressure of the job. Marr's usually sound judgment must have been on holiday when he recycled online smears by obsessives who should be on medication themselves.

The BBC is treating the office of Prime Minister with disrespect, and treating the Labour leader with contempt.

John Major suffered the same fate and Brown should stop giving the corporation interviews unless it plays fair. We shall learn how even-handed Marr is when he interviews David Cameron next week at the Tory conference in Manchester.

It's true that all political parties struggling in the polls complain of media bias. They routinely blame others for their own problems.

Gord knows that continued speculation about his future is eating Labour. The talk is real, the concerns genuine and he must silence internal critics or he'll be fighting the Tories with one hand tied behind his back.

And I trust, in the interest of balance, Mr Marr won't meekly accept Mr Cameron's guff about a private life.

Though let's hope he doesn't trawl cyberspace for guff himself.
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