David Aaronovitch’s conversation with BBC journalist Peter Taylor turned out to be a fascinating account both of his work as an investigative journalist and the terrorists he has interviewed. Taylor gave particular insight into the Northern Ireland conflict and Martin McGuiness, whom he has known for nearly 40 years. He has clearly managed to walk the difficult line of trying to understand terrorists and their motivation without condoning their methods. They discussed what terrorism is, the differences between the IRA and al-Qaeda and the transition from terrorist to statesman. Taylor also highlighted the importance of building up trust over the long term and reporting conversations accurately. In this era of the celebrity kiss-and-tell, it was good to be reminded that real journalism still exists.
Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome 10 May