I had the misfortune of catching the last few minutes of today’s Politics Live. The programme is on iPlayer here for the next 29 days, available to BBC licence holders only.
Chaired as usual by the feminist presenter Jo Coburn, the guests were:
Lord Daniel Finkelstein – Jewish Conservative peer, formerly an Editor of The Times, currently a columnist with the paper.
Tim Stanley – Telegraph leader writer.
Grace Blakeley – economic commentator, research fellow at the left-wing think tank, Institute for Public Policy Research.
Ayesha Hazarika – former Labour advisor, now a “comedian” (think Kate Smurfwit, equally unfunny, older).
Zara McDermott – Love Island contestant.
The start of the final section of the show, from 43:02:
Coburn: Right, we have a minute left. Political predictions, has anyone got a firm political prediction or wish?
Hazarika: I’d like to see Zara (McDermott) get into politics. I think she’s spoken the most sense on the panel. We could have our new future… but on a serious note [J4MB: What had she NOT been serious about?] I would like to see more normal people like clever articulate… [J4MB: She points to McDermott] because politics is too full of, basically, I’m afraid, posh white people, largely men, [J4MB: She turns to Lord Finkelstein] no offence to the people on the panel here, and we’ve got to get better people who connect with the public.”
Lord Finkelstein, sat next to Hazarika, said not one word in the final minute, and just looked sheepish and glum as the sexist, racist, class-hating “comedian” directed insults towards Tim Stanley and himself.
This is what has become of the BBC’s flagship lunchtime politics show, and it’s getting worse by the week. The show’s producer is a man. He should be ashamed of himself, for putting his name to this vile propaganda.
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