March 17th, 2013

Adam Afriyie Gets Brillo’d

Andrew Neil: Now, there have been many reports that you have leadership ambitions. Do you?

Adam Afriyie: I’m ambitious for the country. I chose to come into politics from a business background, and I’m happy to serve the country in whichever way people would see fit.

AN: Right, there are reports that you have leadership ambitions. Do you?

AA: I’m not ambitious for any position in government or any position at all in the party. What I’m ambitious for is for the British people to get jobs, and you know, to feel proud of their country again. And I think we can have a future like that if we concentrate on the policies and actually not the personalities.

AN: Let’s just put this to bed. Because they write about you all the time. For the avoidance of doubt, and to put the issue to bed, do you want to lead your party one day?

AA: I have no ambition to lead my party and I have no ambition for any particular position. I’m ambitious for Britain to be back on top, to be a global trading nation, and all of my efforts and the efforts of my team around me, all of those efforts are focused on trying to deliver those policies that will Britain on top again.

AN: So you would rule out leading the Conservatives?

AA: I think you’re asking the same question in so many different ways and I’ve given you my answer.

AN: It’s because I’m trying to get an answer.

AA: You’ve had an answer. I’m not ambitious for position at all.

AN: So you rule out being leader of the Conservatives, there is no leadership campaign behind you, correct, in any way? You haven’t got a small group of supporters pushing your interest?

AA: I’m working with a large group of Conservative MPs to make sure we have a Conservative Britain that is trading with the world, that is outward looking and is addressing its relationship with Europe so that your viewers can feel confident that they’re going to get jobs and they’re going to do well in this country.



  1. 1
    huge grunt says:


  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Brillo, the only presenter/interviewer worth watching, not many pass the Brillo test.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

  4. 4
    AA says:

    Is it ‘cos I is a Tory?

  5. 5
    8illy's gay hamster says:

    Nothing like a bit of brillo to get the shine back on your rusty sheriff’s badge.

  6. 6
    anon says:

    Neil is more Tena pad than Brillo pad.
    Enjoyable though to watch just to see what colour his hair will be that day

  7. 7
    You informative mole in the Immigration Department. says:

    I’m expecting work tomorrow to be as bad as ever, the Department are now relying on the public to forget all about the Romanian/Bulgarian hordes on January 1st 2014 because we don’t know what else to do but the Express have let another cat (immigrant) out of the bag with this:-

    Expect requisitioning of your accommodation any time soon, can I pull a sicky for tomorrow, don’t know if I can face going in.

  8. 8
    Tosspot says:

    Read the book “Shogun”, future story is all in there…lol

  9. 9
    typical lying labour scrote says:

    Hahahahahaha, when the borders were first opened McNulty said as immigration minister that only about 13,600 would arrive in the first year!

  10. 10
    JadedJean says:

    Lying is in their DNA…they’re merely actors, just like Hugh Grant, but without the looks.

  11. 11
    huge grunt says:

    the PratWest doesn’t need holidays

  12. 12
    huge grunt says:

    clearly someone with no confidence in the UK’s remaining industrial/trading economy

  13. 13
    Wyle Cop says:

    All hail (another) Britain’s Obama!


  14. 14
    My Old Gran (96) says:

    Is this chap looks like Old Boggy!
    He won’t get into our WI meeting I can tell you!
    We hates the Devil and all his works

  15. 15
    My Old Gran (96) says:

    First month round here

  16. 16
    Andrew Efiong says:

    He got rumbled big time by Brillo, flushed out extra fast.

    He’s more lasagna than stalking horse!

  17. 17
    Adam Afriyie MP says:

    Five times does Neil present me with the kingly crown, and five times do I refuse– is this ambition? Yet Brillo says I am ambitious, and sure, Brillo is an honourable man.

  18. 18
    Rose of Mooncoin says:

    This chap is a waste of space. He’s got about as much chance of being Leader as Cameron has of winning the General Election

  19. 19
    Hordes get hoards says:

    As Nigel farage said to a bulgarian MEP last week, with open borders you get the good and the bad.Bulgaria and Romania are in the grip of organized crime and we don’t want our borders open to that.

  20. 20
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    McNulty, expenses cheat and liar.

  21. 21
    Whose money is it anyway? says:

    If he had just told the truth and said he wants to replace that moron Cameron because if he doesnt then the electorate will replace a great many Tory MPs at the next election. Why all the word games and pissing around when its common knowledge he wants to replace Cameron?

  22. 22
    Ed Miliband says:

    What event could I organise in a brewery?

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    But he would make an excellent Secretary of the Board of Trade after Whitehall has been cut down to a size the UK can afford.

  24. 24
    Ed Miliband says:

    Hugh Grant made me do it.

  25. 25
    Ollie Gark says:

    How many public hols do they need in Cyprus, FFS!!!

    National Holidays in Cyprus, 2013
    1. New Year’s Day- 1 January
    2. Epiphany- 6 January
    3. Let’s Not Go to Work Day – 15 January (unofficial holiday for Nicosia region)
    4. The Three Holy Hierarchs- 30 January (School holiday)
    5. Clean Monday- date variable
    6. Greek Independence Day- 25 March
    7.Greek Cypriot National Day- 1 April
    8. Good Friday- date variable
    9. Holy Saturday- date variable
    10. Easter Sunday- date variable
    11. Easter Monday- date variable
    12. Easter Tuesday- date variable
    13. Labour Day- 1 May
    14. Ascension of the Lord- date variable (School holiday)
    15. Ascension of the LDR – 19-20 May
    16. Holy Spirit- date variable
    17. St. Barnabas- 11 June (School holiday)
    18. Dormition of the Theotokos- 15 August
    19. Independence Day- 1 October
    20. Okhi Day (Greek National Day)- 28 October
    21. Christmas Eve- 24 December
    22. Christmas Day- 25 December
    23. Boxing Day- 26 December

  26. 26
    Ed Miliband says:

    I bet Cameron wishes he had my popularity.

  27. 27
    Old naval expression says:

    A pissing contest?

  28. 28
    S.B.S. says:

    Fucking nigga did not asnswer the question, make no mistake I white boy never vote for a nigga.,

  29. 29
    Eeyore says:

    For today’s lunchtime news on R4 the BBC sent a reporter to Romania to investigate the likelihood of mass immigration a year from now.

    In accordance with BBC foreign policy he found that few people would be interested in coming to the UK.

    Like asking the Curia if they expect redundancies, innit?

  30. 30
    Eeyore says:

    I share your frustration – the standard circumlocutions are one of the many reasons why pollies have lost our trust.

    However, these days, the game ain’t played as you wish it were. As you know, the meeja are ever-vigilant for something they can label a ‘slip’ or ‘gaffe’, something providing a guaranteed headline for tomorrow. Once he, or anyone, admitted to leadership ambitions the meeja would be full of it. The pollies have themselves to blame for joining in the game.

    A dreadful warning about what happens to journalism is offered by the fashion industry. Makers and shops need women to throw away perfectly serviceable clothes and buy new; the mags need ads; so the journos obligingly rubbish what they were praising only weeks ago. All that waste would stop if women weren’t so daft as to do as the mags say. What’s the lesson for politics? Not sure…should have taken a glass or two fewer with lunch, perhaps.

  31. 31
    Mark says:

    Be fair. How could any young, ambitious politician answer that question without seeming either presumptious or a liar?

  32. 32
    Jimmy says:

    Hardly. He had to say “yes” six times before Brillo picked up on it.

  33. 33
    Jimmy says:

    Looks like they’re having a second epiphany.

  34. 34
    Jimmy says:

    If he wants to be leader of the opposition I say let him.

  35. 35
    JabbaTheCat says:

    We don’t need no n i g g e r in the Tory woodpile…

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Well they wont be replaced by labour, they are all the same losers who bankrupted the country for 13 years, nothing has changed!

  37. 37
    Mr Quelch says:

    I think he managed to do both quite nicely.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Why can’t these guys ever tell the truth? He’s not the Tory leader, why is answering as though he has something to hide.

    God help us.

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