June 27th, 2012

Video: Paxman Mauls Chloe Smith on Newsnight


  1. 1
    Evil Landlord says:

    She was absolutely terrible – I cringed when I watched it last night .


    • 20
      What a Twonk says:

      Why did she do this? It would have been far better to have told the truth that some twat had leaked to Ed Bollocks.


      • 35
        Archer Karcher says:

        “Why did she do this?”

        Because she is irredeemably thick?


        • 68
          UKIP.I.AM says:

          Given all the leaks in Whitehall (whether it be Tories, Lib Dems or civil servants) I don’t blame Osborne for keeping this decision to himself.


      • 36
        D says:

        So, to all the BBC whingers, whats wrong with this?


        • 51
          Anonymous says:

          Nothing at all wrong with it.Just another example of people rising to a level beyond their competence in hierarchical organisation.
          BTW, does it show Paxy is a mysogonist?


          • Socrates and Plato says:

            Its all to do with a lack of self-awareness.
            Many people in life know neither who they are or what they are for.
            The trouble is that when you have this disability and then wake up one morning in the hallowed and venerated Westminster bubble you think that you DO know who you are and what you are for.
            A grave mistake always ensues.

            I thought Paxo was going to say ‘do you want to be Michael Howard?’

            Terrible really


      • 42
        Irate NatWest account holder says:

        How the fcuk can a 30 y/o ex English Lit grad ever be thought to be competent enough to become a government Treasury minister FFS!

        This is not a time for fcuking novices! You just can’t make this fcuking shit up!

        And has someone sacked Stephen fcuking Hester for the Indian RBS IT fcukup yet ????


    • 39

      I thought she acquitted herself very well.

      It’s a pity Paxo wasted 13 years to question B£liar and Brown’s lobby fodder as hard, not that Balls would have volunteered from the Treasury to go on Newsnight on a day like yesterday.

      It shows that the coalition are listening and changing their policies accordingly as they attempt to head off fast moving economics that look to get a whole lot worse come September.

      So Paxo attacks the reversal of a Balls/Brown/Darling policy that everyone one applauds.

      Typical biassed BBC arsehole


      • 59
        Archer Karcher says:

        “It shows that the coalition are listening and changing their policies accordingly”

        So when are the coalition going to stop wasting vast moneypits of cash on useless wind farm bullshit and low carbon fantasy’s?

        When are the coalition going to end their Stockholm Syndrome devotion to the rapaciously corrupt E ewe?

        When are the coalition going to stop throwing money around the globe and stop telling us to “feel proud” that we are funding Indian space exploration?

        Come on I’m waiting.


      • 63
        a non says:

        BBc news or political programs are not for the faint hearted. Does anybody watch them these days expecting a balanced approach. Just presenters polishing their own image.
        The days of a Richard Dimbelby or Day are aeons ago.


        • 163
          Anonymous says:

          I don’t think she would have felt any more comfortable under either a Dimbleby or (especially) Robin Day. The BBC has an honourable tradition of holding people of all parties to account. Sometimes, as here, the politician is simply not up to the job. There is no bias here – just scrutiny. And sometimes that hurts.


    • 45
      Ha says:


      • 53
        • 61
          Anonymous says:

          Chloe is a grown woman and capable of making her own decisions.


        • 69
          Chloe is not fit for government. says:

          Bollocks. Chloe is paid a minister’s salary to perform as a competent minister and quite frankly Chloe did not perform as a competent minister.


          • Anonymous says:

            I was alluding to Dorries patronising rather than Smiths competence.


          • Ammanita Phalloides says:

            Quite true. She’s also an appalling Constituency MP. You don’t have to look too far to see the reason. Like the odious Coffey, “Showbiz” Mensch and several other new intake female Tory MPs, she’s far too busy brown-nosing anyone from Cameron to Murdoch to take the time to become a worthwhile MP.

            In Smith’s case, she’s well out of her depth, and hasn’t mastered the art of lying convincingly yet; which may or may not be a good thing.

            With any luck the good Burghers of Norwich will give her the heave-ho next time around.


          • Anonymous says:

            In defence of Chloe Smith, I think it’s rather refreshing to see a politician who’s a normal person rather than the lying,cynical, hypocritical cheats that we’re used to.


          • Gewyne says:

            Danny Alexander is No2 to the Treasury – he should have been on, instead they threw Chloe to the wolves.

            They obviously briefed her to not to say when she knew of the policy or when it decided by others, in an attempt to make it look as if it was done under Labour pressure (even though we know Balls had the info leaked to him about this enabling to make political capital).

            Seeing as the deferment is also unfunded, she was well and truly shafted….


      • 60
        Not a Toff says:

        Dinner? You was eating dinner in the middle of the night? FFS woman, dinner time is 1200 and not 2400.


        • 145
          Sir Cum Spect says:

          One eats luncheon at 1200hrs., not dinner.


          • Northern Monkey says:

            Then why do schools have dinner ladies?

            Breakfast at 6 am, dinner at 12 pm, tea at 6 pm and supper at 10pm.

            Brunch is for puffs who play squash and lunch is when you spend the hours of 11 am until 2 pm in the pub instead of working.


    • 114
      AC1 says:

      mohamed doing to Americans, what it does everywhere.

      More iSlam = Less civilisation.


    • 124
      Liarpoliticians says:

      Chloe Smith did will on Channel 4 News with Krishnan Guru-Murthy… er… well, maybe she didn’t. It was an awful interview.


    • 139
      We Are All Womanly Men Now says:

      Still better than putting the Womanly Man Osborne on, she/he would have cried on camera and had a nose bleed


    • 156
      god says:

      She should have told Paxo in no uncertain terms to go forth and multiply. I would’ve.


    • 166
      Dr Cox says:

      I cringe when I see how poor an interviewer Mr Paxman is. Inter alia, a good interviewer gets information. Paxman just promotes a rude and bullying type of entertainment. I consider him incompetent. Some of his writing is shoddy as well.
      Given Mr Paxman’s cynicism, I should perhaps mention that I do not live in the UK, and I have no link to the Tory party. I have studied English literature and history for more decades than I care to count.


  2. 2
    Polly's Villa in Tuscany says:

    Paxo does hate women though…


  3. 4
    Tooth fairy says:

    Don’t know why she just didn’t admit that the Chancellor and the PM just panicked and told colleagues and the public at the same time, after all we all are thinking it.


  4. 6
    Rusty says:

    Little girl sent to do a man’s job.

    I am sure she cried after saying “Paxo is bullying me.”


  5. 7
    Vrrrroooommmmmmm says:



    • 33
      Look who's joy-riding now says:

      “10 Dec 2009 17:10:25
      David Cameron compares Brown and Darling to joy-riders smashing up the (economic) neighbourhood

      David Cameron at podium David Cameron has today launched one of his most hard-hitting attacks yet on the Government, comparing Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling and their handling of the economy to joy-riders “smashing up the neighbourhood”.”


      Two and a half years on, and Camoron and co-ke hea-d Giddy-Oh are careering around the neighbourhood, pulling one screeching U-turn after another, as the country crashes into another 5 years of recession.


  6. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Brave of them to send this little lamb to the slaughter.


  7. 9
    Lord Scalded Bollock says:

    Chloe Smith….I thought he did rather well !


    • 16
      Tooth fairy says:

      She had a script and she didn’t now anything or was authorised to say anything off that script. Not as bad as Milliband’s “these strikes are wrong’ rant though.


  8. 10
    Trimbush says:

    Poxmin is a very rude person


    • 17
      Rusty says:

      In what way was he rude?he asked her questions. That is his job. She answered them as well as she could, which frankly wasn’t that well, as Paxo is playing for the Arsenal and she’s with Lincoln City.


  9. 13
    Steve Miliband says:

    Only 3 people watch news shite


    • 25
      Sponge says:

      3 was a poor guess. The answer is between 600,00 – 750,000. They are however the better informed, better educated opinion formers.


  10. 14
    Bob Miliband says:

    Watched through my fingers with heavy cringe. Still, it’s a right of passage for all ministers to be mauled by Paxo, it’s character building experience…


  11. 15
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    What non-story this is. Paxman is an ignorant sod and has lost his marbles.
    But having said that that’s what his over paid cheque from the BBC is for.
    Pipe and slippers time Paxo……(isn’t that a gravy granule or stuffing or something?)


  12. 18
    Pentangelis says:

    I used to like Paxman, but lately he has turned into a an unpleasant bully.
    Chloe should have said to him that his tawdry interview was not the venue for disclosing Government business and that put simply, when the decision was made, by whom and when she was informed was completely irrelevant to the discussion.
    It is high time some-one put this odious oik into his place as clearly the Beeb won’t do it.


    • 24
      Pentangelis says:

      However to be fair, she was a bit feeble and of course should have been much better prepared.


    • 27
      Camoron's Positive Discrimination Comes Back To Bite His Bum says:

      “Chloe should have said”

      Yes, but Chloe “Hopelessly out of her depth” Smith didn’t.


    • 62
      EdBallsMutteringIdiot says:

      The first thing that she should have said is

      “I don’t know why you bother to interview the government as stats show that the viewing figures are in free-fall for your rubbish show Jeremey!”


  13. 22
    Paxo says:

    Smith is still young and hasn’t got the experience of other ministers. If that had been Harman, she’d have accused Paxman of attempted murder.


  14. 23
    Jeremy Paxman says:

    You can be my guest on Newsnight any time you want,Guido.


    • 28
      Pentangelis says:

      I think Guido at his most belligerent would wipe the floor with Paxman. I’d even Pay Per View to watch that one!


  15. 30
    Tomorrow's Chip Wrapper says:

    It’s very unfair to blame ex-prefect Chloe she did her best with little assistance from her bosses…Cameron and Osborne…….it’s like the Headmaster sending out the “Head Girl” to explain to parents why exam results have fallen..the main culprit is Osborne and it’s HE that should be getting a “bollocking” from Paxman not her but both he and “Dave” hadn’t the “balls” to do it so sent out a slip of a girl to do a man’s job.Bloody typical of”Mr Slippery”



  16. 31
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    This is the way to deal with puffed-up Paxo.


  17. 34
    Fitbad the Tailor says:

    Now Mr. Paxman, will you answer this question yes or no? Its a simple enough question. As an employee of the BBC do you or do you not use a tax avoidance scheme?


    • 122
      Baldy says:

      He’ll probably answer “No!”, with the unsaid bit being that he’s not an actual employee of the BBC – I don’t know if this is the situation, it’s just that nowadays, with what I’ve learned about the truth-bending BBC, I expect slippery unhelpful answers from anyone associated with the BBC.


    • 141
      Fitbad the Tailor says:

      In Paxman’s world (i.e. if he was doing the questioning) the reply to ‘No’ would be: “Oh so you do admit that you are employed by the BBC. So you are taxed under PAYE. Is that correct? Yes or No?”


  18. 38
    MacGuffin says:

    Why all the fuss? She did fine. She has a lovely haircut as well – businesslike, but soft and southern, not like those hair-helmets that Labour women from ooop north tend to wear.


  19. 40

    Well, I thought she was delightful. And what a lovely table.

    The problem with interviews like this (and I only really hear news on the BBC, so I don’t know whether it’s the same on other networks) is that unless a leak or something else unanticipated by the government allows the interviewer to throw a curveball, the government’s position is pretty much unassailable, and instead of chipping away at the interviewee’s defences, Paxo, Humpho, Davo and all the rest are just seen (and heard) to be scrabbling ineffectually and pettishly at their intended victim. It’s not exactly an edifying spectacle, but that’s dumbing down for you, I guess.


  20. 41
    Where's Gordon? says:

    I was so happy when I saw a programme in the listings called Gordon Behind Bars. But it turned out to be about Gordon Ramsay teaching cooking to inmates. Got my bloody hopes up.


  21. 44
    anonymong says:

    Why do politicians still let themselves get savaged by Paxman? Borris and to a lesser extent Dave always seem to come off quite well when Paxman goes on the offense. Sure brutal honesty could lead to you losing your job, but a bit of anticipation of what he might ask and a way of dealing with his “do you honestly believe that” shtick and he usually gets back in his box. Wtf were her SpAds doing?


    • 54
      Loungelizard says:

      I think with Paxo these days it’s more like being ‘Gummed’ to death.


    • 55
      To Be Fair says:

      To be fair the average age of a spad is around 17 and a half and at that age most of them have never seen Paxman often enough to know whats coming.


    • 58
      Fitbad the Tailor says:

      Boris and Dave went to Eton. Paxman’s public school was lower down the pecking order.


  22. 47

    She should have told him to bog off.

    That is what I would have done.

    That is also why I never became an MP.


    • 105
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      I think so too. He comes across as a posturing, posing, eccentric Magnus Pike-type weirdo to me. That must be the only reason the BBC give him a job – for his entertainment value, not his interviewing skills.


  23. 48
    Gonk says:

    Separated at Birth.
    Jeremy Paxman vs Edith Sitwell


  24. 49
    The greatest mystery says:

    Why do women have hand bags?


  25. 51
    Last weeks leaked extract from Gordon Browns Diary says:

    This week I will be visiting RBS headquarters.


    • 83
      Footnote says:

      I intend to anoint Freddy Shred – before I give a 2 hour long speech haranguing the Tory Toffs.


  26. 67
    male chauvanist pig says:

    Fancy giving a slip of a girl a mans job.
    Saying that, I’d make better use of her.
    Underneath all that hoplessness and glasses, lies a nice bit of skirt.
    Bottle of baby oil, job done.


    • 84
      Gonk says:

      Are you Harriet Harman’s policy advisor by any chance ?


      • 101
        Jack Dromey says:

        I prefer to send a fat balding man to do a girl’s job.


        • 115
          Jacqui Smith says:

          My husband uses baby oil to grease his hands.


          • Gloria De Piero says:

            So does my fiance.

            Like my Labour sisters, I find it demeaning to allow a man to enjoy my body physically, even if the man in question is someone I’m engaged to be married to. This is why he spends his spare time being entertained by Madam Palm.

            To be fair, he’s developed a right arm like fucking Popeye.


  27. 74
    Cloe Smith says:

    I was told I was going on John Cravens Newsround !


    • 118
      John Craven says:

      and you’d still have been slaughtered, dearie. Get a grip on the job or get out and do us taxpayers a favour in saving us a fortune.


  28. 78
    50 shards of Grey says:

    Oh he is such a brute can you imagine his foreplay…..

    “Burp, brace yourself darling”


  29. 79
    Office Goffa says:

    Why is she a government minister anyway? Chloe is an obvious government cutback.


  30. 80
    Ah! Monika says:

    If the Queen were to shake hands with Guido Fawkes, would we see the end of Bonfire Night?


  31. 81
    The Tit in No 10 says:

    Just let me go a few jolly rounds with Paxo – I’d certainly show him who is in charge!! – what? watt?? wind-farmage???


  32. 82
    Ah! Monika says:

    Looks like the Government closed down their Michael Howard evasion course?


  33. 87
    Rupert my Hero says:

    Well at least she did not look like a Concentration Camp Guard and be known as a Hardman, however she really did not inspire confidence in what is obviously a Knee Jerk Reaction. Back to Boot Camp for this one but if nothing else she did not appear to be Menopausal.


  34. 90
    Aunty Matter says:

    Chloe Smith is what you get when you appoint people based on their reproductive organs or sexuality.

    She’s shit and totally useless. She couldn’t even argue well. The problem is more and more incompetent women are demanding to be given access to top jobs when they don’t have the qualification, experience of personal skills to do the job.

    What the Tories needed to was to either put up someone that hates Paxman’s guts or just put up no one and read out a statement.

    Smith started wanking on about “well you know that’s a reall interesting question and…”

    Just fucking answer his you dozy bitch.


    • 100
      Ah! Monika says:

      To be fair. She did read Enlish Lit and not Lang.

      Wiki already updated

      viz:-On 26 June 2012 she appeared on the BBC2 current affairs programme Newsnight and struggled to deal with questioning from Jeremy Paxman (his questions to her included “Is this some sort of joke?” and “Do you ever think you’re incompetent?”).


  35. 92
    Balls have Ears says:

    All this distracts from the real story. Who leaked this decision to Ed Balls, a LibDem, a civil servant or an enemy within?


    • 96
      The Liebour Party says:



      • 106
        annette curton says:

        Liked the sly smile at the end, reminiscent of the carrier bag with a house-brick in it.


    • 102
      annette curton says:

      Ed Balls triumphant when Dave reverses (defers) a tax put in place by the Labour government, and him being a prominent member (prick) of the last Labour government that introduced the fuel accelerator in the first place. It’s all very strange.


      • 128
        BBC says:

        Mr Balls will be on every BBC radio station and television news programme on a rolling 24-hour basis to prove just how triumphant he is.


  36. 95
    simon r says:

    Dave thought she was previously an accountant – when he phoned her to offer her a treasury job she told him she was a management consultant at an accountancy firm !

    Dave said ‘ welcome aboard anyway’

    Tells you all you need to know about his judgement yet again – idiot !


  37. 97
    Penfold says:

    That was cruel and ungentlemanly.

    Chloe should have walked out at the start once Paxo starting the sneering and rude comments, which are uncalled for in a publicly owned media company, which should present fairly, and that was thoroughly unbalanced.

    Good though, nice to give politicoes a thrashing. ;-)


    • 104
      annette curton says:

      “Publicly owned media company”, in what sense?.


      • 110
        Penfold says:

        State created and sponsored, and financed through a licence fee that is made obligatory and enforced through the courts.
        The licence fee makes the BBC a hybrid, state run, independant but publicly funded by fiat.


    • 143
      Anonymous says:

      She got what she deserved.


  38. 108
    Anonymous says:


  39. 113
    The average viewer says:

    She was utterly incompetent, evasive when she was able and looked a complete idiot. To remove her from any government office would be the kindest thing to do.


    • 121
      F says:

      There’s to be a badger cull in the S West. Get one of the little fuckers to invite Chloe for a weekend down a sett.


  40. 119
    Greychatter says:

    Does it matter when anyone knew when the change of policy happened – the important thing is that the Government are listening to peoples concerns.

    Paxo is the last person any Government Minister should justify themselves to.

    Over paid arrogant BBBC nobody – I turn him off when he starts his rantings – he’s a waste of expensive air time.


  41. 131
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Totty watch?


  42. 133
    Atualpa says:

    Not an impressive personality, but I didn’t think she did that badly on Newsnight. Paxman was grandstanding as usual, but anyone who has seen Newsnight before can rapidly see through that, and she got her message across quite doggedly.


  43. 140
    Throater says:

    I’d throat her.


  44. 142
    I love the FT says:

    Not fit for purpose – but then she was brought up in Norfolk


  45. 146
    Nemesis says:

    My God, this is exactly why politicians are the lowest of the low. She would not answer any question put to her with a modicum of sense. The stupid woman is extremely evasive to the point of being criminal, she rambles, twists and turns and makes herself look amazingly ridiculous. I hope she plays the videos and watches herself and realisies what an absolute arsehole she is. I’ve never seen this woman before but if that is the standard of a government minister then really we are doomed.


  46. 147
    Welcome to the real World says:

    Chloe Smith needs to get some balls if she is going to remain a minister, or even an MP.

    She should have thought about the obvious questions beforehand and argued out some credible answers with Osborne before she went on Newsnight.

    She seems to be just a patsy at the moment. She must shape up or step down.


  47. 148
    tory boys never grow up says:

    Any truth in the rumour that they got Chloe to do Paxman because Nancy was hiding in the pub again?


  48. 150
    Gerard Pique's High Hair says:

    Fuckin pwned I think is the term.

    “Is this some kind of joke?” Paxo on top form. That level of derision was exactly what was needed./ She did it to further her own tawdry career. She appears to know fuck all about anything important, only how to evade and obfuscate straight questions and in the process to look a complete gormless fuckwit – there are times when only a straight honest answer will do, otherwise you’ll look a knob. She ought to go back to marketing/fucking up the economy or whatever it is was she was born for. Like a lesbian jockey as Frankie Boyle once said. Probably couldn’t even ride a horse in a straight line.


  49. 154
    mrjohn says:

    Who didn’t she blow?


  50. 155
    DrSnowboard says:

    Ms Smith appears to have been playing ‘script bingo’ but appears that’s not hard if your script reads:
    “It’s good for households and businesses, and businesses and households”
    She must have made a mint off Gideon..


  51. 158
    Mark T says:

    don’t suppose she is the mystery woman rumoured to be distracting boy Geroge from his day job?


  52. 159
    Boulton Paul Defiant says:

    She was bloody awful. Attempting to patronise Paxo was a big mistake. How on earth has that dimwit got the job? I know, I know, she’s a token. FFS, as the young people say.


  53. 165
    Son of Lord Gnome says:

    Condescending little SpAD! She lies, she closes her eyes and looks down at the end of every sentence lastly, when is the Government going to get some real Financial experience into the Government no the add water and mix type we have seen here. Any fool kno that underspend or overspend budgets are fundementally wrong!!


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