In fact, if the interview, hosted by Stephen Sackur, were considered as a debate, we would declare our Premier the winner.
For starters, Mr. McLaughlin appeared “Premierish.” He was well-attired and composed. More important, he was far better informed than his host, who appeared to be too briefly briefed by researchers who dug up tired bromides (such as U.S. President Obama’s wisecrack about the number of offshore companies registered at Ugland House) and not much else.
Mr. McLaughlin counterattacked effectively with the example of hundreds of thousands of companies with one address in Wilmington, Delaware. Advantage, McLaughlin.
In sum, host Sackur was not knowledgeable enough to out-debate, or, as is his style, out-bully, our Premier. Mr. McLaughlin held his ground, then took more.
We suspect Mr. Sackur welcomed the end of the interview, since he appeared to have exhausted his researchers’ prepared remarks.
We were reminded of the 1980 welterweight championship boxing match between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán, when Durán, exhausted and frustrated in the eighth round, conceded famously, “No más!”