LISTEN: Cleverly Tells Rajan He Will “Make a Cup of Tea”

A testy exchange between  James Cleverly and Amol Rajan on the Today Programme this morning led the frustrated Home Secretary to threaten to leave the show and “make a cup of tea” instead.

A heated discussion over the emergency legislation proposed by the government in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule the Rwanda plan unlawful had BBC presenter Amol fired up, offering his views on the “morality” of the issue. Cleverly hit back:

Are you asking the questions or making statements? If you’re just going to make statements I’ll go make a cup of teaI’m the guest here.

Cleverly pulling no punches…

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Amol Rajan Laughs at Keir Starmer’s Brazen Question Dodging

With Starmer announcing his five missions for government today, it’s worth remembering what happened the last time he made a set of pledges. Amol Rajan, for one, wasn’t going to let the former leader forget as he pressed the Labour Leader on the Today programme.

“Why should people trust you when you’ve abandoned so many of the pledges you made in your leadership campaign?”

It’s a fair question…

Starmer completely ignored it. The Labour leader started to respond about his new missions, and after first being interrupted by Rajan, posed his own preferred question, again on his new missions. Rajan didn’t let this slide, and continued to press Sir Keir on his broken pledges.

Amol eventually forced Keir to try and explain unconvincingly why he ditched these “points of principle” on nationalisation and university tuition fees – with the Labour leader blaming unforeseen circumstances. An impressive absence of foresight from Captain Hindsight.

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Amol Rajan Rules Himself Out for BBC Political Editor

The race for arguably the most influential media role in British politics is hotting up as we get towards the April deadline. External interviews were held last week and now the internal interviews are starting for the position of the BBC’s political editor. Despite the bookies having him as a front runner, Guido understands Amol Rajan has not applied for the position…

Surprisingly, given he has no broadcasting experience, the FT’s Sebastian Payne (50/1) fancies himself for the role and does not deny having applied. He also has, Jess Brammar style, deleted hundreds of tweets this weekend – as did Pippa Crerar last week. Is this the “tell” that reveals you have applied to Portland Place, or are they pulling Twitter’s leg?

Guido thinks if the Mirror’s Pippa Crerar were to become the BBC’s political editor, Nadine Dorries would present a government Bill to privatise the BBC the next day.  It is noteable that Sky’s Sam Coates is refusing to be drawn on the issue and when Guido asked him point blank if he’d applied, he would only say “If you don’t mind, I’m going to stay out of it all.” Which is not exactly a Heseltinian denial.

Canvassing Coates’ Lobby rivals, most think he is a serious and strong possibility for the role, though they think the fact he is a middle class, white heterosexual male might be held against him. Paul Brand doesn’t have all those drawbacks, though given he has been built up by ITV executives as their new star, it would be ungrateful for him to switch channels off the back of his partygate scoops. Newsnight’s Nick Watt shouldn’t be forgotten, though like Sam Coates he too unfortunately is a middle class, white heterosexual male. Alex Forsyth, a BBC internal candidate, remains the favourite at the bookies

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Amol Rajan’s Colour Piece Confusion

From The Times on Saturday:

“Rajan was sent to write a “colour piece” (a feature setting the scene) about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in Portugal, and not knowing what that meant, filed a piece with references to a “magenta sky, lilac walls and terracotta brickwork””

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BBC Bashes BBC Over Diana, BBC Unavailable for Comment

Amol Rajan, the BBC’s media editor, absolutely spanked the BBC in this report for BBC News.

No one has been more critical of the BBC this week than the BBC…

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Twitter’s Business Model

Amol Rajan reminds us…

“… Twitter is the industrialisation of confirmation bias. Its super-rich engineers always aimed to make us addicts, by incentivising/rewarding outrage. For them, disgusting abuse, conspiracies, conflict and fury are lucrative wins.”

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