Marr Splutters as Hunt Says He Would Do No Deal “With a Heavy Heart”

Marr declares that entrepreneurs “will lose their companies” if no deal happens, before literally spluttering with incredulity as Hunt gives him a measured and thoughtful answer to his question. Not even pretending to be impartial…

Marr Plans No Pro-Brexit Politicans on Last Show Before Euro-Elections

Brexiteers can only laugh at their lack of representation on the BBC. On the last Sunday before the Euro vote on Thursday the flagship BBC politics show will host a Brexit blocking party leader, an anti-Brexit First Minister, an anti-Brexit Tory, a party leader campaigning with the slogan “Bollocks to Brexit” and the founder of a party that has as it’s sole purpose opposition to Brexit. All flavours of remain represented.

We’ll see if Andrew Marr tries to bring up gotcha quotes from a decade ago for the likes Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, Rory Stewart, Vince Cable and Chuka Ummuna. The Remain Show…

Marr Was A Trotskyite Paper Seller

“I knew Andrew Marr when he was a Trotskyite selling Trotskyite newspapers to bewildered railywaymen” says George Galloway in a critique of modern television interviewing and Marr’s ill judged attempt at a Farage “gotcha” interview last Sunday. Worth watching in full for his appraisal of the state of the game in the week Brian Walden passed…

Andrew Marr Backs Labour-Style “Customs Deal” for Brexit

The BBC’s flagship political interviewer has been a little bit indiscreet with his personal views on Brexit. According the Estates Gazette, Andrew Marr stood in for Laura Kuenssberg as guest speaker at the British Council for Offices annual dinner last Tuesday, where he told the guests “why he fears no-deal Brexit”. Not a surprising view for a Beeb bigshot to hold but normally they keep it to themselves…

The veteran broadcaster was instead plumping for the alternative option of a “customs deal” along the lines of what Labour are calling for:

“There are plenty of big attractions. It solves a lot of problems and I think a lot of senior MPs will be pushing this on May. It could work, even if people say it is not a real Brexit, as the main reason that the vast majority of people voted to leave was based on issues around immigration. The problem for May is that she will likely lose a quarter of Tory MPs – the likes of Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis – who will argue that it is not a proper Brexit.”

Looks like Red Andy might have had a momentary lapse back to his days as Editor of the Independent when he was busy attacking Tony Blair. For being too Eurosceptic…

Marr’s Daniel Craig Blooper

Classic blooper from Andrew Marr as he asks May if she watched “I, Daniel Craig” on the BBC last night. Funnily enough she hadn’t…

Hunt: This Isn’t a Perfect Deal

Blair on Second Referendum: This Time It Would Be For Real

“Both the Remain campaign, and the Leave champai… campaign should jointly agree that this vote is final, doesn’t matter how marginal it is, it’s final. Once this is resolved then that’s it for a generation.”

Err, isn’t that what happened in 2016?

Testy Exchange Between Marr and Shami

Awkward doesn’t begin to cover it…

Sturgeon: Extend Article 50

Labour ‘Won’t Save the Government’ in Brexit Deal Vote

Emily Thornberry confirmed to Marr this morning that Labour is intent on voting down Theresa May’s Brexit deal, in the hope of forcing a general election. The clock is ticking, and as things stand the UK will automatically leave the EU in 138 days.

Army “Ready To Help” In Event of No Deal

Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter revealed this morning that the Army has “not been asked to do anything specifically at this particular stage” by the Government in relation to Brexit contingency measures, but that if there isn’t a deal we stand ready to help in any way we can.”

Hammond on No Deal Impact

“If we leave with no deal we will be in a different set of circumstances and it would require a different approach.”

Hammond: I Believe in Universal Credit

Sarah Vine: Men Should Stop Waving Their Willies Around

Hancock: I “Hope” Customs Union Will Be Time Limited

Marr’s Brutal Interview


Full credit to Andrew Marr who, after last week asking Jeremy Corbyn to his face if he was an anti-semite, just accused Theresa May of personal responsibility for the death of a 67 year-old Windrush scandal victim. It was a tough interview from the start where she noticeably failed to rule out further compromises beyond Chequers – five times. Watch the fade out at the end, no small talk. She just death stares him.

UPDATE: Kay Burley agrees

As does the political editor of The Sun

Wake Up With Ridge on Sunday

In a quick response to to Andrew Marr’s hurried announcement yesterday that his Sunday show is moving to ten o’clock, Ridge is grabbing the nine o’clock slot. Of course Peston has beaten them both by retreating to Wednesday nights. This all brings back memories of the great morning email wars of of 2017.* Smart move. Ridge will now be more likely to set the agenda…

*Won by Politico’s Jack Blanchard.

Marr Moving to 10AM

Andrew Marr, presumably accidentally, publicly tweeted to Sophy Ridge that his flagship BBC Sunday morning show is moving from 9AM to 10AM.

Longer Sunday lie-ins ahead for politicos? 

UPDATE: Andrew has deleted the tweet, and a hasty public announcement has been made.

Marr: I Don’t Want to Go All Emma Barnett

Marr tells Labour’s Jon Ashworth: “I don’t want to go all Emma Barnett but you’re not answering my questions”. Some might say Emma would be an improvement…

Julia Hartley-Brewer Skewers BBC Over Gender Quota

A very pleasing dig at the BBC’s new gender quota for TV guests from Julia Hartley-Brewer on Marr this morning. Julia, who was discussing the gender pay gap story on the sofa alongside Polly Toynbee, said:

“I know obviously that we are making up the gender quota for expert commentators for the BBC today.

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