August 2nd, 2011

Sunday Brunch with Brillo

Guido’s BBC sources neither denied or confirmed the rumour going around that Andrew Neil is set to move from BBC2’s weekday Daily Politics to front Sunday’s The Politics Show, as part of a bigger restructuring of the Beeb’s political programming. With co-host Anita Anand already going over to Radio 5, it’s certainly looking like the end of an era for political nerds and junkies. You read it here first…


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Brillo is the best the BBC have!

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    Caligula says:

    Brillo is the last sane jourrnalist in Britain

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    Hari kiri says:

    Guido, how did you miss this story last week? Even more serious and damning evidence against Johann Hari.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    anyway the daily politics has not been the same since that bird went off to spin for Merv the swerve.

    Cant remeber her name , Jenny somenthing???

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    The KGBeasties of Evening Standard and Independent says:

    We want to hire Brillo

    We are going to take over the British press and broadcasting now that Murdock is on the way out…then we will reintroduce a British Pravda…

    You see that even Blinky Balls gives us “exclusives” !

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    mark oatens glass coffee table says:

    Yes but, what the in the name OF SWEET JESUS has been going on with his hair?

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    mark oatens glass coffee table says:

    I used to watch the show on Thursday night, oh, starting 2003. Is it just me or did it get shit a long, long time ago?

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    Brillo the Magnificent says:

    I promise to behave myself on Saturday evenings now…

    Especially with all those dark ladies…

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    Brillo the Magnificent says:

    Jenny Bond

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    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    BBC Controllers filter out the TRUTH. The BBC Hierachy Sacked Greg Dyke for telling the Truth about the IRAQ Sexed up document. If you tell the Truth on BBC expect the SACK. Why are BBC telling the people that Natural Gas prices have risen when they are 65% cheaper than in 2008? Because they Lie the same as the Politicians the Police and every other Polluted institution since the Thatcher Government dismantled any opposition institutions.

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    cheche says:

    They should give up. Guests are just corrupt politicians and old hacks bleeting away. I prefer the reruns of Taggat on Alibi.

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    don't pay the telly tax says:

    We already have a British pravda, it is called the BBC.

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    Tax Payer says:

    Wrong show and time. But yes, it has been shit for a while.

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    Tax Payer says:

    Excellent pundit and interviewer. Dodgy character.

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    weybridgeman says:

    In it’s way, if true, its good and bad. At least Sundays would become interesting again. Anyone who rememers Brillo when he was editor of the Economist in the ’70s/’80s knows he is one smart cookie.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    and hosting the daily politics will be Polly Toynbee and Damian Mcbride to conitue it excellent un-biased coverge.

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    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Anand has been on Radio 5 for ages, she’s one of the chief lefty pravdaists.

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    Adolf Hitler says:

    Vould you like eine excluzive, Andrew?

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Jenny Aggutter?

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    But more left wing.

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    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Don’t forget toilets MaGuire as well. (just to provide some more lefty balance)

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    A London Pigeon says:

    Having crapped on Ed Miliband’s head, I am pleased to report that I have also scored a direct hit on Guido – see the photo of him in ‘Seen Elsewhere’ first item.

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    Smig says:

    Funny how the Beeboids never mention that Andrew Neil once worked for Murdoch. Silly arses.

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    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Guido here is a one for you. Elliot Morley. FRAUDSTER, one time Climate Change Minster. Or should we give it its real name GLOBAL WARMING FRAUD. I wonder why he had that JOB??

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    She is all mouth and no talent. Tries to be too smart.
    Brillo’s head piece is one of Elton John’s cast-offs.
    Neil is certainly the only one on the BBC that will ask labour anything like a difficult question.

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    rocknrolla says:

    Guess there’s no need anymore, dirty hari is finished as a journalist, I can’t see him ever rescuing his reputation.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    I’ve always wondered how Foreign Correspondents can arrive in some acrid country they’ve never visited before and within 24 hours they’re Mr/s Big Knowitall, explaining how the Opposition is still angry about President Pongo’s decision to renationalise soap and enforce the teaching of the F’Tang language in primary schools. Hari suggests that they make a lot of it up.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    That could be the Maguire Happy Hour. Is Maguire the most miserbale twat in the media?

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    Mike Litorus says:

    You never see Brillo and Donald Trumps hair in the same room do you…

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    Ladyboy says:

    That is a nice photo of Andrew Neil with a pretty lady. I wonder if any fortnightly publications have any other photographs of Andrew with other pretty ladies – perhaps not so formally dressed this time?

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    A Jock says:

    It’s mmmmurrrrrderrrr…

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    It would be a tragedy for Andrew Neil to leave The Daily Politics, he’s the only one on the BBC who can interview the politicians, especially when he gets p’d off with them he really goes after them. He’d be wasted on The Politics Show, that show is crap no matter what presenter would be on it.

    We could do with a good looking, smart and impartial female co-host for The Daily Politics.. a bit like Jenny Scott. McAndrew or Anand were not exactly neutral in their questioning or reading emailed comments.

    Paxman is crap btw. Seems his reputations been trading on one interview where he asked Tory vampire a question a number of times a lot of years ago.

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    Cruella De Vil says:

    No – it’s a raffish skunk streak.

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    alcazar says:

    he should be doing Mar’s job, or Paxman’s. he’s the best.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I would have thought that many “foreign correspondents” are at times more like newsreaders. And even if they aren’t just reading off an autoqueue, they’ve read a few sheets of background info on the plane.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Remember when Andrew Neil was in charge of The Sunday Times – back when the paper was readable and without loads of celebrity crap, and left wing crap.

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    cheche says:

    They should put Kirsty Walk on she’s always good for a laugh

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Anyone at the BBC can do Marr’s job, it’s not difficult to find a Labour sycophant at the BBC.

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    cheche says:

    When I see Anand on TV I cant help but think that if she were white she would never have got the job

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    dirty hari says:

    I interviewed you last week.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Sounds like he’s quoting as fact things that look a hell of a lot like “urban myth” and camp fire scary stories.

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    Johann Hari says:

    It’s ironic that the type who is invariably against the death penalty is very often the same who is for abortion. They will happily protect the guilty but not the innocents.

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Bring back Jo Coburn – reasonably competent and always produces stirrings in the gentleman’s area.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Thanks :-)

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    Sir Robert Mark's ghost says:

    Brillo reaches the parts other political journalists do not reach. Primarily he does this because he does his homework and he probes relentlessly without it all being about how clever he is.

    Paxman is lazy, arrogant and replaces probing journalisatic expertise with rudeness. he should be pensioned off. Worthless. I resent my licence fee going to him.

    The other useless object is Andrew Marr. An utter waste of space.

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    Moussa Koussa says:

    Thatcher killed J.R.

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    AC1 says:

    “I resent my licence fee going to him.”

    Save 140 quid a year, don’t pay!

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    LOL! says:

    :-D :-D :-D

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Doesn’t he make coffee machines?

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    David Rose says:

    I agree.

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    Brillo's finest hour says:

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    Colly Wobbler says:

    Brillo is excellent. The best political interviewer the Beeb has, as others have said. This Week on Thursday nights is unmissable. I’d love to hear his own views and opinions more as opposed to hearing the lies interviewees spout unless it’s late night and they’ve been fed Blue Nun.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    the fictional character JR Ewing did not die.

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    Marr is good for documentaries.
    The problem isn’t really Marr. Its that a Sunday morning sofa politics politics and CA show is by necessity going to be as light, soft and fluffy as a Liberal’s duvet.

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    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Hey Billy, you know Sarah Jane Mee how has an official website?

    Top Sky totty unlike the BBC mingers

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    Ian Hislop says:

    Does anyone have a photo of Andrew (preferably in a sweaty vest), desperately clutching…. sorry posing with the delightful Ms Anita Anand?

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    Who shot Montgomery Burns?

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    cheche says:

    You are Andrew Neil and I claim my fifty pounds

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    adge says:

    don’t make me laugh – more like he helps them out with a difficult question, as do all the beebs interviewers.

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    dactyl says:

    A bit late now isn’t it?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    She will go far :-)

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    bandersnatch says:

    I shall miss that sanity daily if his Daily Politics goes. It was always far better, more quirky, more ascerbic and more on the button than the Sunday Politics show. Once a week is not enough!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What an utter bastard of an MP this specimen is

    Tory MP Philip Davies (from ‘let the disabled be exploited at below the minimum wage’ and ‘can’t we bring back blacking up’ fame).’

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I know that one, but not the JR one.
    Ah yes … Maggie!

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    misterned says:

    He says it himself often enough…. Or at least, he used to.

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    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    Has to be Comment of … oh.

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    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Iz it coz she iz black?

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    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    I know that was one of the Greatest interviews of all time, shame that all reporters have been put back in their BOXES.
    Question time is a set up and any one who has anything of interest to say is quickly shut up.

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    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Dianne Abbott finally says something sensible

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    This is all part of the BBC’s dumbing down campaign. Brillo’s show informed the public and got too many people asking the wrong sort of questions. As in common with other public debates such as CAGW scam, in future, politics will only be debated by sound, experienced, knowledgable politicians like Diane and Tom who are coincidently on the Left.

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    johan hari exclusive says:

    my BBC sources neither denied or confirmed the rumour going around that Andrew Neil is set to move from BBC2′s weekday Daily Politics to front Sunday’s The Politics Show, as part of a bigger restructuring of the Beeb’s political programming. With co-host Anita Anand already going over to Radio 5, it’s certainly looking like the end of an era for political nerds and junkies. You read it here first…

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Once a week is all most of us get.

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    Cruella De Vil says:

    Her smug “why are you bothering me with this trivia?” attitude is particularly galling.

    And, of course, she is extremely ignorant and racist.

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    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    Oh, she is nice, isn’t she….

    I’d like to have her batting of my middle stump….

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    BBC says:

    And for the 300th time this year, our impartial expert with be Alastair Campbell.

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    misterned says:

    Moving Brillo is not going to make much difference to the labour propaganda department is it?

    They need to get some balance in there and employ some right wing interviewers, or scrap the lot!

    The sooner the BBC is broken up into different parts and each one turned into a voluntary subscription only service the better. What the fuck do we need a publicly funded, state, “public service (so-called)” broadcaster for anyway? So some retarded lefties will know how to think and what opinion they have to hold each day?

    FFS!!! Scrap the fucking lot and save the licence fee!

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    “they’ve read a few sheets of background info on the plane.” I take it that you
    are unfortunate in not having travelled widely. Most seem to have remembered a somewhat garbled version of an outdated rough guide.

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    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    Nothing new there, D-Daisy.

    Fatbott has always talked out of her arse.

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    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    off FFS

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    Anon E Mouse says:

    This is why he’s been sidelined Billy as he doesn’t stick to the BBC’s narrative of bash the baby-eating society cutting capitalist Tory Toffs.

    Given that Tory Bear’s stalking victim has taken the Commercial TV Shilling, they’ll be a hunt for a shrill to help the Labourite cause. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone from radio makes an appearance.

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    A lying cheating two-faced economically illiterate bully, paranoid fuckwit and tosser says:

    If there was any justice in this world I would have been strung up with Bliar and Balls months ago!

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    Johan Hari says:


    My BBC sources neither denied or confirmed the rumour going around that Andrew Neil is set to move from BBC2′s weekday Daily Politics to front Sunday’s The Politics Show, as part of a bigger restructuring of the Beeb’s political programming. With co-host Anita Anand already going over to Radio 5, it’s certainly looking like the end of an era for political nerds and junkies.

    I wrote this first, without copying any of it, honest. Really, those right wing nutcases will accuse me of anything.

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    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Marr? I’d never trust the judgement or probing rigour of any man who decides to spend £000’s on a car… and chooses a Nissan Figaro.

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    Fatbott's Arse says:


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    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    STFU then.

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    albacore says:

    Neil is the best the BBC has?
    Oh dear. That’s another trip to the vet for the cat once I can stop the little sod pissing himself and biting lumps out the carpet.

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    misterned says:

    Indeed, and he is making a come-back in a new generation of Dallas. He is only supposed to be an elder member of the Southfork household and play a minor part in the new Dallas, but knowing the ol’ JR, he’ll steal the show every time!

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    misterned says:

    Who did you copy that from, ya cheating prick?

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    Smig says:

    I’ll driink to that. Cheers.

    TV Tax avoidance is one of my favourite sports. The silly arses at Crapita keep wasting money printing and mailing a letter to “The Legal Occupier” at my home once a month. I’m costing them money. Hahahahahaha!

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    misterned says:

    Aimed @ Hari, of course

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    Smig says:

    Foreign governments have lobby hacks too… ;)

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    misterned says:

    I would not say he was excellent, but compared to the other braindead fuckwits the BBC employs, he does stand out as being original and much fairer than anyone else at the BBC.

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    Osama the Nazarene says:

    …and drove the union mafia out of Wapping. He had death threats for a few years from thos holding Millipede by the balls at the moment.

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    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Either Brillo is slowing up and wants an easier life, which is a shame but understndable or the beeboid powers that be want someone more maleable in the DP slot.

    The DP was one of My Favourites on iPlayer, shame if he goes.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Went through my archives to find this..

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    tory bear's worst nightmare says:

    but you find more clueless right-wingers who are anti-abortion and pro-death penalty…like Guido?

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Mmm, lush.

    Your, er, archives…? Do tell.

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    Anonymous says:

    anita anand – who is crap by the way – has always been on radio 5 – which is crap too

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    Anonymous says:


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    Wheelie Bin says:

    I thought it was a Subaru Injuncto.

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    Readers of the Spectator’s Coffee House blog regularly demolish the hapless hack Daniel Korski for his inane reports from the Middle East, which are full of valuable insights such as ‘the Arab Spring is not happening as quickly as people would like’ and ” The Army is still running the show in Egypt.”‘ Well worth a visit.

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    Blue Nun says:

    100 % correct as you usally are.

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    Goes for Miles!

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    Anonymous says:

    He’ll be sad to see Anita go – he has a thing for asian women, it seems (or at least reports from the Lib Dem conference last year indicate so!). Word has it he’s got a bit of a drinking problem anyway.

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    Ichabod says:

    But surely the worst of the lot is that flatulent bore John Simpson.

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    Ivor Biggun says:

    Gah, that would be such a loss! Keep Brillo on the DP and This Week – who gets up early on a Sunday to watch jug ears hypocrisy anyway?

    Oh, and while we’re at it, now that Anita is off, can we please, PLEASE, bring back Jenny Scott from the Bank of England – it’s not like the BBC can’t afford her – with the tellytax the Beeb has more money than the BofE (though fewer printing presses!).

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    A blonde-haired, blue-eyed Finnish nurse with a long memory says:

    Fuck Dianne Abbott and the poor fucking horse she rode in on.

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    Diversity Police says:


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    Impartial Observer says:

    I don’t dislike Brillo. Not too keen on that pointy-chinned woman, Anita Anand though.

    Incidentally Guido, sorry to be pedantic, but your first line should read “neither denied nor confirmed” It’s either or and neither nor.

    You’re doing a cracking first rate job though of bringing us news that some would prefer we didn’t get to know about. Thank you for that.

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    Anon. says:

    Quite – just listen to Radio 5 Labour.

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    Anon. says:

    Radio 5 Labour, you mean.

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    Anon. says:

    BBC Radio 5 Labour, you mean.

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    Anon. says:

    If you’re going to smear him, at least have the balls to say who you are. BBC employee??

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    Biffo the Bear says:

    Glorious – I’d forgotten how Brillo has put this loathsome bint through the wringer and exposed her for the hypocritical, vacuous waste of air that she truly is.

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    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Printer who used to sign himself Micky Mouse to claim money for doing no work and whom Brillo drove out of the print industry.

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    JohnBellingham says:

    The audience on QT is rigged.

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    JohnBellingham says:

    Silly bitch on Radio 4 this week (the head of the channel) explaining why she is cutting out the stories and increasing length of midday new bulletins. “Because”, she says, ” radio has to evolve and progress and seek a younger audience”.
    Well, just about anyone would be younger than the radio 4 audience, but maybe this is a way to alienate the last few middle-class, (old) conservatives.

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    I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

    Brillo often mentions it himself on This Week – so there!

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    I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

    Paxman is crap AND a bully. Brillo extracts more from his interviews with political nouse and expertise instead of a sledgehammer. I’d like to part Paxman’s hair with a sledgehammer, by the way, for his incredible hypocrisy in slamming E Miliband for having children and not being married. Paxman wrote the book on being an unmarried parent, the twat.

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