Today’s the day to try your luck…
This morning, TalkRadio veteran Mike Graham interviewed carpenter and Insulate Britain spokesperson Cameron Ford, clearly hoping for an easy win and a funny clip for Twitter. After interrogating the campaigner for all of 30 seconds and failing to get a rise out of the perpetually calm activist, Graham became visibly frustrated. Graham’s final mode of attack was accusing the carpenter of harming trees for a living. An unfazed Cameron quickly pointed out that his job was sustainable because trees grow back. Graham’s response was to insist you can grow “other things” too – claiming, bizarrely, that you can even grow concrete. Who knew? Following an unbearable and incredibly awkward silence, the TalkRadio presenter cut the interview in a huff.
The embarrassing exchange might have gone away unnoticed if TalkRadio had left well enough alone, yet for some unknown reason they posted the humiliating clip on social media. For the eco mob this was the ‘gotcha’ moment they’d long been hoping for. Does someone at TalkRadio have it in for Mike?
They subsequently published a cartoon of Mike presiding over a crop of cement with the caption ‘let it grow’. The only thing that should be growing is Mike’s embarrassment…
As if his newfound commitment to low taxes wasn’t enough, Sir Keir’s now doubling down on his efforts to infuriate the far left ahead of conference. According to BFAWU union president, Ian Hodson, Labour has banned Socialist Appeal from reporting from the Brighton conference this weekend – yet to the annoyance of some comrades accrediting The Sun and offering a double hall stand to GB News:
“Hearing the s@# will be in the @UKLabour conference but they have banned #SocalistAppeal from being able to report on the conference. How did we get here Trade unionists Anti racists should be absolutely livid, that the hate filled rag is attending conference #JFT97“
Skwawkbox insists the party is “fundamentally diseased” if it allows the “the foul rag” (“The S*n”) to show up, and is calling the decision an act of “moral cowardice and bankruptcy”. Socialist Appeal will always be able to keep up with Labour conference’s goings-on via Guido, who will certainly be attending…
TalkRadio’s Mike Graham took to twitter last night to slam Sky News’ coverage of Afghanistan by questioning the credibility of former sports presenter Martha Kelner.
Nothing personal but pretty terrible for @SkyNews to be relying on former sports reporter @marthakelner to give us the benefit of geo-political analysis on the #BidenFailure - shows how far the media has fallen. Next up the #ManCity @HKane transfer saga. pic.twitter.com/fHG0JateTR— Mike Graham 🇬🇧 (@Iromg) August 16, 2021
Beth Rigby was quick to jump to her colleague’s defence, commending her superb “analysis of Biden’s speech”.
Things escalated pretty quickly when goading Mike insulted Beth’s journalistic skills:
Comes as no surprise Beth. Any chance you’ll ever ask a decent question at a media briefing? Or apologise for being a reckless hypocrite? I’ll wait. It’s just a job.— Mike Graham 🇬🇧 (@Iromg) August 16, 2021
Mike wouldn’t let the issue drop, and continued to insult those rushing to tweet in Beth’s defence. Beth attempted to hit back with a sassy retort:
The only solution is to have Mike ask the questions at the PM press conferences AND front up coverage of the White House https://t.co/tlxlW5RCSu— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) August 16, 2021
However, it was Mike who managed to get the last laugh, slamming Beth for her suspension from Sky News last year:
Unlike Beth I’ve covered the White House. Also unlike Beth I’ve never been suspended from my job for reckless, hypocritical behaviour. https://t.co/3ACzJNLt5D— Mike Graham 🇬🇧 (@Iromg) August 16, 2021
Guido wonders if there will be any hope for #PositiveTwitterDay which this year will be taking place on Friday, August 27th…
Zahawi’s victory lap this morning, boasting about the UK’s new strategy to save the world via vaccine donations, got derailed by Julia Hartley-Brewer. Julia gave a tour-de-force of government goal post moving from saving the NHS, protecting the over-70s to yesterday’s “vaccinate-the-world before we unmask”. Pressed by her on the potential of the new variant to delay unlocking on June 21, Zahawi claimed “it is more severe, now how much more severe…” before being interrupted by Julia: “I’m sorry, what evidence have you got for that statement?”. Guido’s not sure Zahawi ended up answering Hartley-Brewer’s hardcore questioning. He’ll be hoping data does come out to back his claim by Monday…
After 19 hours of being declared “Terminated for violating YouTube’s community guidelines”, the TalkRADIO YouTube channel has been reinstated. A YouTube spokesman said:
“TalkRadio’s YouTube channel was briefly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated. We quickly remove flagged content that violate our Community Guidelines, including COVID-19 content that explicitly contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization. We make exceptions for material posted with an educational, documentary, scientific or artistic purpose, as was deemed in this case.”
A whole working day and declared ‘termination’ doesn’t sound like a ‘brief suspension’ to Guido…