Another BBC loss today – though for once not the result of further cuts – as assistant political editor Norman Smith steps down to spend more time walking his dog. Norman announced his departure on Twitter this morning, saying “Folks…that’s it from me. Thanks for putting up with me over the years. Its been an absolute privilege . I’m off now for some longer, much longer dog walks……” Or is this one big ruse before Norman’s announced as No. 10’s new TV briefing spokesman?
Wishful thinking from the Beeb:
Brexiteers grit their teeth and smile in response to PM’s Brexit speech – even tho little in it for them.
— norman smith (@BBCNormanS) March 2, 2018
Little in it for Brexiters? Apart from leaving the single market, leaving the customs union, ruling out any form of customs union, taking back control of borders, laws and money, the end of ECJ jurisdiction in UK, the freedom to diverge…
UPDATE: In the real world, Brexiters are mostly backing the speech knowing it gives them a lot of what they want, with a few gripes:
Hot take from speaking to a few Brexiters… pic.twitter.com/ftOejzXvYr
— Alex Wickham (@WikiGuido) March 2, 2018
“Don’t Panic“, Norman Smith told Victoria Derbyshire this morning before he launched into a remarkable accurate interpretive dance analysis of the Labour Party’s rift over the Welfare Bill vote.
Best thing on the show yet.
Did Ed Balls once p*ss on Norman Smith’s chips or something?