'It started as a bit of a laugh when Iain Duncan Smith was Leader of the Conservatives and was on the programme a lot' said Dai Evans, one of the sound engineers for the BBC 2 Newsnight program. 'It was just after that Quiet Man speech of his and we had a sort of competition among us to see how low we could take the volume of his mike before people noticed. I think I won that one as on some nights I had his mike volume so low that for all intents and purposes he might as well have been bloody miming.'
'It took a while for the producer to cotton on, not that he was that bothered, but we didn't fool about for a long time after that until recently when somebody thought of seeing how high we could turn up the volume on Kirsty Wark's mike. This time everybody except the producer is in on it and we've opened a book. Did you see that Spinal Tap movie where the amp volume goes to 11? Well, at the moment it would be like we had gone to 16 and there's still more to come up to the point that either the monitor speakers give up or the producer's ears bleed, whichever happens first. Gavin Esler is betting on us going to 18 and Paxo is betting on us going to 22'