Owen Jones Scraps With Andrew Neil

Things got personal last night on the This Week sofa when Owen Jones, who was appearing on the show to talk about the threat poised by the British far right, went for Andrew Neil over his role as Chairman of the Spectator. The whole kerfuffle meant that there was no time for Owen to actually answer the question on the distinction between far right ‘thuggery’ and far left ‘activism’. It gets heated…

DUP: May’s Rumoured Concessions are “Worst of Both Worlds”

Responding to reports that Theresa May is preparing to further capitulate in forcing the UK to remain within a Customs Union indefinitely, and for Northern Ireland to remain in the single market, DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly could not have been clearer:

“[Michel Barnier] has been blunt. He made it absolutely clear that under this arrangement, Northern Ireland would not be able to participate in free trade deals. To us this is not the best of both worlds, in fact we think this is the worst of both worlds… It is a deal breaker.”  

Ouch…

Friday Caption Contest (Leather Kendall Edition)

AC Grayling v Andrew Neil

Carole Cadwalladr and The Observer won plaudits from Twitter’s maddest Remoaner, AC Grayling, on BBC This Week last night. Alas he went on to admit there was no evidence the Russians had any influence on the Brexit result. With an endorsement like that…

Vaizey Brillo’d After Claiming Rudd Handling Windrush “Very Well”

Amber Rudd’s Remain ally Ed Vaizey last night somewhat stretched credibility by claiming the Home Secretary is handling the Windrush scandal “very well”. Andrew Neil challenged Vaizey five times to give an example of how Rudd was indeed managing the scandal “very well”. Alas he unsurprisingly couldn’t give one…

Harman’s Unfortunate This Week Gaffe

Odd outing on This Week from the usually right-on Harriet Harman as she made a off-colour joke live on air. Brillo was not impressed:

Oops…

Ed’s Balls on Single Market

Ed Balls claimed on last night’s This Week that “many people on the Leave campaign were saying they wanted to stay in the single market“. He was then unable to name one (because there weren’t any). As Nigel said in response: “every single leading player, all the way through the referendum, could not have been clearer, a vote for Brexit was a vote to leave the single market.Still the hardcore Remainers perpetuate this myth…

Ken Interviewed, Doesn’t Mention Hitler

So Brillo did it for him…

Piers Corbyn On Climate Change

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s big brother has been on This Week, where he wasted no time in laying into the theory of man-made climate change.

No comment from his little brother Jezza yet…

Diane Abbott’s “Good Mao”

This from the archives emerged last night:

Mao seems to have more than one shadow cabinet fan…

Straight Outta Westminster: Michael Portillo Raps NWA

Michael Portillo laid down some sick lyrics on BBC This Week last night with a very special version of NWA’s Straight Outta Compton:

“When I’m in your neighbourhood you better duck, because Portillo is crazy as f*ck…”

Frontbench Costs Diane Abbott £20,000 BBC Pay Cut

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Diane Abbott made around £20,000-a-year from her BBC appearance fees, fees that her frontbench role will cost her in lost earnings. BBC sources confirm that she will no longer appear on This Week. A decision on a Labour replacement will be made soon. Plenty of bitter, Blairite ex-frontbenchers available now. Suggestions in the comments for runners and riders… 

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