Now the mob is coming for Julia Hartley-Brewer

The campaign to have her thrown off Question Time is driven by pure intolerance.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill
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They might not have pitchforks. They might not wave torches. But make no mistake – the Remainer fanatics agitating for the BBC to dump Julia Hartley-Brewer from this week’s Question Time are a mob. They’re a middle-class mob who hurl tweets instead of rotten tomatoes at the people they irrationally hate, and who arrogantly presume they have the right to expel from polite society anyone they disagree with. This is a mob that poses a serious threat to reason and freedom of speech in this country.

As soon as the Beeb announced that Hartley-Brewer, the journalist, broadcaster and fiery talkRADIO host, would be on QT tonight, the mob got into action. They said it was repulsive for the national broadcaster to ‘platform’ someone like Hartley-Brewer. They demanded that the BBC rethink – that is, it should throw this foul, Brexit-supporting woman off the panel.

They promised to boycott QT. A boycott is a personal choice, of course, but let’s not kid ourselves that modern-day media boycotters are simply expressing their individual preference when they foreswear TV and radio shows that – horror of horrors! – have guests they disapprove of. No, they are trying to build a censorious momentum whereby producers will think twice before booking such guests again. These boycotts have one aim and one aim only – to heap cumulative pressure on media organisations to stop hosting certain individuals, and, more importantly, certain views.

This is what the mad fury over Hartley-Brewer is really all about: her views. As with most mobs, this one is built on a blatant lie, on rumour, on fake news that has speedily spread through the intolerant boycotters’ ranks. The fake news says that Hartley-Brewer must be cast out of QT because she did something really evil – she published the home address of the Remainer fanatic lawyer Jolyon Maugham with an eye for making his life miserable.

Anyone would think Hartley-Brewer had doxxed Maugham. It’s completely untrue. What she did was rip the piss out of his pomposity by linking to a newspaper interview in which he talks about his home. The idea that Hartley-Brewer shared his address as part of some ‘Brextremist’ campaign to encourage people to hound him is entirely false. And yet this is the basis on which the censorious boycotters want Hartley-Brewer thrown off QT.

Actually, it’s the ostensible basis. The real reason they want her off TV will be clear to anyone who has any ability whatsoever to be honest with themselves: it’s because she holds views these people don’t like. She is pro-Brexit, she is critical of PC, she thinks Extinction Rebellion are nuts. She holds views, especially on the betrayal of our vote to leave the EU, that the chattering-class army of Remoaners find offensive. They are seeking to punish wrong-thinkers – pure and simple.

Imagine the arrogance it must take to think you have the right to ensure that certain people never appear on TV or radio. There are loads of people I passionately disagree with in British political and media circles and yet I have never, not once, thought to myself: ‘Eurgh, I must ensure that person is denied a platform.’ Such a thing would never cross my mind, and it wouldn’t cross most people’s minds. But in the elitist, anti-democratic world of hardcore Remainerism, where Remainers are good and pure and everyone else is a borderline fascist, such respect for open debate and freedom of speech is in short supply. These people really do want to cleanse the public realm of difference of opinion. They are a menace to liberty and rational thought.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Comments

michael savell

13th October 2019 at 6:04 pm

CB,perhaps one of these “detractors”would inform us of how the BBC pick it’s audience,whether the questions are known in advance and what guidelines are handed out to the panel beforehand because from what I have heard the whole thing is a sham.Where are the debates that used to be held by philosophers of different persuasions,all long gone like the song says.?

Marvin Jones

13th October 2019 at 1:18 pm

The demands of these lefty imbeciles to ban JHB, is straight out of Corbyn’s, Abbutts and Thorn in your arse’s rules. Any dissent, get rid of them. The only time I might consider recording, only to fast forward the lefties drivel, which is 90% of the programme, this ultra liberal crap, is when they have People like Julia, Richard Tice or someone with an ounce of common sense and intellect.

Lloyd Reid

13th October 2019 at 11:27 am

JHB always knows what she is talking about. Would listen to her anytime. Have given up watching QT years ago as just a talking shop for luvvies and lefties.

jessica christon

12th October 2019 at 2:10 am

QT is mostly bland, like watching a group interview for a branch manager. I only make a point to watch it if it has Peter Hitchens or George Galloway on the panel; both really put the cat among the pigeons and they don’t care what anyone thinks. You hardly ever get people like that on lately, but Julia’s alright too and I like her Talkradio show. I’m sure she’s quite disappointed with the outcome of this; it would’ve been more of gift and a story for her if QT had gone along with the no-platform.

Peter Gordon

11th October 2019 at 8:39 pm

To amin Readh. If you want confirmation that fewer BBC licences are being issued Google “BBC licence numbers falling”. I hope to soon be one of those refusing to pay. The number of cancellations is over 860,000.

There is a saying often used by lawyers “never ask a question to which you do not know the answer”. Try Googling that one too. That will save future embarrassment.

A Game

11th October 2019 at 5:37 pm

JHB is so hated because she is the bog standard neo-liberal, globalist, regressive pretending to be progressive, “lefty”, green nightmare.

Because the above have deliberately decided that you may never separate the person from their politics, when their opponent is smart, funny, eloquent, charming, energetic, engaging, intelligent and cohesive, they aren’t the enemy, they are THE ENEMY.

The boycotting demand was to discredit her before she began. They know she is going to sit there and be smart and sane and reasonable… get in first and paint her black. Someone sitting at home, thinking, “Wow, she’s got the goods this woman, talking sense… oh, hang on, she’s the devil… I have to put my fingers in my ears when she speaks. I have been given my instructions from my tribe.”
I adore her. I don’t know what I disagree with her about, yet, I’ve mostly looked up Brexit, Climate, wokeness stuff, of which I’m in total agreeance with her… but the day she says something I don’t agree with… who cares? I’ll still adore her, but just not agree with everything she says.

Of course, boycotting a public broadcaster, as J Anthony below notes, is a wank. They are not ratings orientated, so it is for the exact reasons BON points out. Make life hard for the producers, create a dilemma for them… so they think twice and save themselves some censure when they are at the pub.

I got a look at the climate side of the episode on youtube to know what people were talking about.
Jesus… the XR person. What is he like? I think he had to endure a Silkwood shower, but you still couldn’t scrub away the alternative living vibe. I think 1979 called and wants their suit and tie back. Ghastly meglomaniac. Our countries have been funding and choking on green policies for nigh on 15 years. HOW DARE YOU take credit for green policies stemming from your actions this year. That every other country’s politicians have parked their goal on zero emissions for 2050… FA to do with XR. It really was a sum worth moment.

Who was the Labour freak? Poor labour voters… The workers party represented by that smug little horror. JHB points out that XR are appropriating the causes of people who didn’t have the vote, so had to resort to physical protest to get the vote. XR have the ballot box to push their agenda. No, no, according to labour hack, to hold entire cities to ransom is perfectly reasonable in a democracy. Great. I expect a stampede at her constituency office demanding her resignation. With this reasoning… why should anyone have to wait for an election to get rid of her? Its all about the protest, right? The demand for what you want. Now. Then I noticed everyone is treated to her fulminating resentment cause JHB calls her out on her “what about the children” tactic.

Nigel Farage gets them in the same way. The hatred… how dare he know how to make a case for what he believes in. How dare he not stutter? Boris probably copping it for the same. How dare you have appeal as a person? As the “progressives”, remainers et al have nuked all merit and talent… this is what their side truly lacks these days. Pack of bores.

Go get ’em, Julia.

Peter Forse

11th October 2019 at 5:04 pm

JHB is a very well educated well read smart cookie. She knows her stuff. On this climate issue she’s sound. Doesn’t dismiss it, but doesn’t accept apocalypticism (I just made that word up).
And I love her. Just haven’t got around to telling her.
And all who hate her are ninnies

Peter Forse

11th October 2019 at 5:10 pm

I mean to say “ I’m IN love with her”
(And just haven’t got around to telling her yet…)

Michael Lynch

11th October 2019 at 11:11 am

Well she was on and she was a shining light of reason as per usual. Theo Paphitis was also on and made a right old t#t of himself. He went off on one trying to compare Brexit with a cricket match which lost everyone including himself in the end. Someone ought to tell him that having loads of money isn’t a qualification for wisdom and intelligent debate. There was also an XR chap on who made an appalling appeal for authoritarian actions regarding Western Society. The two politicians, as per usual tried to turn everything into political footballs – boring as per usual. At the end there was a question asked about banning snacks from public transport. The XR bloke mewed on about caring for children and how advertising is damaging their little minds and filling them full of self doubt blah, blah, blah. To which Julia brilliantly quipped – well stop telling them that they are going to die if you care so much! A great retort that was quickly shut down by the increasingly woke Fiona. Go Julia! More please.

Tim Wheeler

11th October 2019 at 10:08 am

Julia is worth 100 Woke Ingsoc Language -Policing, Memory-Hole using Fascists.

Sebastien Dubois

10th October 2019 at 11:24 pm

Brendan is confused and obtuse if making ANY argument to justify that vile woman’s actions …which were reported very accurately to be true. There is no argument to be made for her actions and she should indeed be struck off

Jerry Owen

11th October 2019 at 7:43 am

Which ‘ vile actions ‘ are you talking about. If you post you need to explain your point.

Jerry Owen

11th October 2019 at 7:44 am

* vile woman’s actions*

jessica christon

12th October 2019 at 9:03 am

What did she do?

Ven Oods

12th October 2019 at 12:04 pm

I’m worried that Sebastien’s been at the Columbian marching powder…

Jonathan Anthony

10th October 2019 at 10:35 pm

Just as well BBC has no advertisers as the usual, predictable tactic of these deadbeats is to whine at advertisers for ‘promoting hate etc etc. It is a well-worn tactic used by media matters in the US and Hope Not Hate etc here. As such, what is irritating about these stories of cancelling, no platforming etc is the absence of naming of those individuals who are doing this.

Amin Readh

10th October 2019 at 9:57 pm

“Now the mob is coming for Julia Hartley-Brewer”

Good!

“They might not have pitchforks.”

Aww, really!?

For someone who is ever so pious about having an account on Twitter, ‘Irish’ Brendan is most constantly upset by what happens there.

Ven Oods

12th October 2019 at 12:12 pm

‘Good.’
I don’t understand your reasoning. I don’t agree with XR’s ever-exaggerated claims, but I listened to what their spokesman had to say.
It’s a shame that he didn’t get a grilling on QT like Zion Lights-out did on Andrew Neil’s show, but then, Mr Neil prepares properly.

Eliot Jordan

10th October 2019 at 7:04 pm

JHB

Definitely

Patiently Waiting

10th October 2019 at 6:56 pm

There is an increase in censorship taking place which is being supported by self-proclaimed neo-liberal globalists who are, in point of fact, so desperate to install their One World Govt Agenda, that they threaten the very principles upon which our democratic institutions are based.

1.) The Extinction Rebellion with their cult-leader Greta Thunberg and their “national treasure” Sir David Attenborough, cannot be challenged with factual information– else, one is fired from corporate-MSM in the US, the UK and the EU; and/or threatened with reprisals– for being called a “climate denier” is being criminalized. One can support environmental protections– as many of us have done for years– but not the cynical takeover of public and private lands– which the oligarchy & corporations then use to plunder resources: minerals, oil and water… with working and poor people herded into urban centers. Installing Saint Greta and the secular Saint Attenborough as the faces of this extreme “green”-movement was very clever; very cynical; and, it seems to be working as she will probably be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which has become meaningless in the aftermath of it being awarded to the glib huckster, Barack Obama, a warmonger ala G. W. Bush and Hillary Clinton.

2.) The Brexit voters were betrayed…purposely so. The British government never had any intention of respecting the will of the voters: Theresa May, a Remainer, intended to scupper the deal by agreeing from the outset to sell Great Britain out– pander to the horrendous demands of the EU dictatorship, who colluded with her, Tony Blair, John Major … to delay, delay and delay– and to craft a so-called “deal” which left the EU in charge. The Oligarchy didn’t believe that the British people would vote for Brexit– and when they did, plans were put in place to terrify the public– implying that leaving the EU dictatorship would bring catastrophe. Nothing could be further from the truth– but had a deal been struck during the first year– then other nations, incl./ Spain and Italy, etc., were considering leavings– because in truth, the people of those nations are not supportive of open borders; which result in skyrocketing costs in services needed by the working and poor citizens. Who benefits? The rich. Who pays the price? Workers… Neo-slavery is the agenda of the neo-liberal globalists who can sit on their perches and watch from on-high, contemptuous of human beings whom they would cull with their neo-Malthusian agenda;

3.) There is a desperate struggle taking place between the Oligarchy who expected Brexit to be defeated and for Hillary Clinton to win. They make no mistake about the fact that they anticipated their Globalist Agenda would be in place by 2020… and totally implemented by 2030. They see these two unpredicted backlashes: the election of Trump in the USA; and supporting Brexit in the UK– as set-backs. They haven’t given up: they still hope to undermine Brexit via delay after delay after delay; until it never occurs. And, in the USA, Hillary Clinton is raising her ugly head again– making no secret about the fact that she supports Open Borders– without explaining the implications. She has no plan for how the taxpayers would be required to carry the burden of millions of immigrants; and what the impact would be upon social services.

The Oligarchy who is pushing hard for the neo-liberal globalist agenda: a One World Government knows that the people sense that this will harm them… they can smell the rats. They know that when there is no plan put forth showing who pays the price; and who profits– that they are the ones to be trampled asunder and that the rich will get richer. Because the Oligarchy can see that the public is fighting back; they want to shut-us down; and shut-us up. Censorship is supported by the likes of Theresa May; Angela Markle & Obama; and Hillary Clinton– to name but a few money-grubbers who represent the richest amongst us. (Refer to reason.com re: Internet Censorship)

William Murphy

10th October 2019 at 9:51 pm

You missed the funniest example of appalling choices for the Nobel Peace Prize. Tom Lehrer noted that satire became impossible on the day that Henry Kissinger was awarded this prize. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was another recipient, decades before she was officially canonised. Obviously the Committee was unaware of the shortcomings in her humanitarian work. Not to mention the lack of accounting for the staggering sums raised worldwide, her association with the crook Charles Keating, her failure to return a hefty embezzled donation. Obviously Greta Thunberg is a hot tip for the prize, being a sort of secular saint for our days. Indeed, she has visions of a kind….her batty mother claimed that she can see carbon dioxide, though I suspect that this preternatural power will not be heavily publicised.

Andrew Best

10th October 2019 at 5:07 pm

Spot on
I was always taught let people speak and they will show themselves up, it was always aimed at idiot fascists and racists but now it is really about bigoted remainers
The hatered they have for the poor working class will eventually drown themselves in their bile

Dan Stan

10th October 2019 at 4:49 pm

How can people like JHB be taken seriously though……That is like saying a flat-eather is right…

Andrew Mawdsley

10th October 2019 at 8:40 pm

You don’t have to take her seriously, you just need to respect the fact that she’s entitled to her opinion, and that stifling debate is never a good thing.

john flynn

11th October 2019 at 3:09 am

I didn’t see anyone saying she was right, just that she should not be denied the opportunity to appear in a discussion programme. I think that any debate where only one side is allowed to speak or that one side decides who can speak against them and what they can say is tyranny. Those who now propose such should look in the mirror and hang their heads in shame and the BBC should never bow to such people if it wishes to retain a modicum of journalistic integrity.

Melissa Jackson

11th October 2019 at 7:53 am

You’re exactly right to say that it’s one side deciding who can speak against them. That’s simply not acceptable. If one side gets to decide which arguments can be voiced against them, they are effectively controlling both sides of the debate to their own benefit, which amounts to propaganda.

If your position is robust and well evidenced then you have nothing to fear from anything, whether a swivel eyed loon or a competing academic school. The only reason to not simply show the world you are correct is because you don’t believe you really are, you simply wish to be seen as correct.

christopher barnard

10th October 2019 at 4:19 pm

People who can’t debate properly in order to counter the points made by their opponents have few alternatives to demanding censorship.

Stef Steer

10th October 2019 at 3:23 pm

Since the brexit vote and we learnt that remainers don’t respect democracy at all then I have given up watching/listening to and reading remainer outlets or representatives. I simply don’t care what they have to say anymore, they have broken the basic rules of our society and deserve no hearing from me. I would rather listen/watch Julia Hartley Brewer on her on show(s) (same with spiked) than on MSM however I appreciate she and you representing leavers and I appreciate we need to get as wider audience as possible.

Part of me now though thinks what is the point you are always being presented as a minority extremist view and the best thing leavers can do is stop watching remainer outlets thereby making them less and less legitimate. I of course realise it would work both ways but for me until we get the very fundamental basic of losers consent being sacrosanct again amongst the vast majority of the population we will have this divide.

Jerry Owen

10th October 2019 at 9:54 pm

Your point is good. The BBC is losing people in droves, if it were a private company it would have to change. Unfortunately it’s funded by us. But look at the Guardian paper it’s a minority paper less than 70 k readers because of its bias, it now begs for money. So boycotting does work .

Amin Readh

10th October 2019 at 10:00 pm

“The BBC is losing people in droves”

Is it? Says who?

Peter Gordon

11th October 2019 at 8:44 pm

To amin Readh. If you want confirmation that fewer BBC licences are being issued Google “BBC licence numbers falling”. I hope to soon be one of those refusing to pay. The number of cancellations is over 860,000.

There is a saying often used by lawyers “never ask a question to which you do not know the answer”. Try Googling that one too. That will save future embarrassment.

Apologies for having posted this elsewhere on this page, but I have only just joined without noticing the Reply button.

Puddy Cat

10th October 2019 at 2:41 pm

The first objective of any putsch is to take over the broadcast medium. Lay this at the feet of Lord Birkenhead and his ilk. Liberalism has been a cuddly well meaning movement up to now. It has shed its kitten face and now shows us an ogre. The pandering to seemingly legitimate contentions is now moving beyond government where the political parties once racked-up votes by allowing voter appeal policies and give-away’s. Now we see that money means nothing when measured against the power it has conferred.

Danny Rees

10th October 2019 at 1:48 pm

But she’s going to be on the show regardless of the boycott so Brendan’s complaining is pointless

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-10-10/julia-hartley-brewer-to-feature-on-question-time-despite-boycott/

Geoff Cox

10th October 2019 at 2:44 pm

It’s not pointless at all. This is a game played by leftie remainer types to, as Brendan says “make people think twice” about booking people like her. Sadly, we have to play the same game and hit back to make sure the BBC et al know we are watching. The moment we stop complaining, they will be pushing at an open door.

Danny Rees

10th October 2019 at 6:21 pm

But it’s not made them think twice about booking her. She’s going to be on regardless of what anyone says.

Your argument holds no weight at all.

PP Garb

10th October 2019 at 9:06 pm

Danny, it does not work like that I think. They will put her on this time to show ‘fairness’, then quietly think twice about putting her on again… that’s the insidiousness of it.

Ven Oods

10th October 2019 at 1:33 pm

People who live in bubbles must avoid and shun those who can wield a pin.
If this sort of debacle doesn’t prove that UK university education generally doesn’t work….

Jane 70

10th October 2019 at 12:58 pm

So Julia HB is to be ‘cancelled’, no-platformed, or not,depending on whether the shouty twitterons get their way, while latter day Leninista Ash Sarkar-‘I’m literally a communist’? gets a free ride, and has even, apparently, been a talking head on a beeb documentary about the Nazis:

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/simon-schama-rachel-riley-protest-bbc-decision-to-include-ash-sarkar-in-rise-of-nazis-series-1.488168

So much for production criteria and the -ha,ha- impartiality of a publicly funded broadcaster.

Glad I began my boycott of the Beeb and its drivel many years ago.

The woke inquisitors will be holding autos da fe outside Broadcasting House if this strangulation of independent thought and opinion proceeds without challenge.

Dominic Straiton

10th October 2019 at 1:37 pm

How does a Communist (hundred million dead) get a platform when a Nazi (40 million dead) doesn’t.

Jane 70

10th October 2019 at 1:49 pm

Beeb bias? Cherry picking genocidal excesses? Perish the thought!
Alternatively, imagine the fall out on twitter if the Beeb produced a talking head who self identifies as literally a fascist, with a unique insight on past Teutonic misdemeanours: perhaps not.

PP Garb

10th October 2019 at 9:31 pm

I boycotted the BBC in 2004., completely. Don’t even fund them (That’s a whole other story).

My views on things have become much more diverse since. It’s easy to be lazy when it’s there, sitting in the corner of the room all the time.

Paul Christie

10th October 2019 at 12:58 pm

The audacity of remainders is astounding. I believe debate is a word they are petrified about.

Jerry Owen

10th October 2019 at 2:23 pm

Ditto XR

Jamie Spary

11th October 2019 at 3:50 pm

You can hear XR coming a mile away goose stepping down the street. XL dress themselves up as ‘moral’ people, all for the ‘greater good’, provided it’s their greater good.

PP Garb

10th October 2019 at 9:08 pm

I actually think they genuinely don’t understand what the word ‘debate’ means.

Warren Alexander

10th October 2019 at 12:52 pm

Hold on a second here. Unless I am very much mistaken, Julia Hartley Brewer has protected characteristics that mean she is immune from any form of criticism, in that she is a person of the female persuasion.

I am just having a delusional thought: What if Hartley Brewer was an enthusiastic Remainer and Brexiteers launched a campaign against her being allowed on Question Time?

Ed Turnbull

10th October 2019 at 1:59 pm

No. no, you’re proceeding on the basis of a Realfact – JHB is a woman – when the Goodfact (and, therefore, the *truth*) is that JHB is a Brexiteer and is – all appearances to the contrary – a *man*. And probably a straight white one at that.

St Paul was wrong you know: its’ not the love of money that’s the root of all evil. It’s straight white men. Apparently. (Even those who possess a pair of X chromosomes).

Warren Alexander

10th October 2019 at 2:16 pm

Ed, that you for enlightening me. May the wrath of god descend upon “her” and send her for all eternity to Islington.

PP Garb

10th October 2019 at 9:18 pm

Yeah Warren, it’s not *that* protected in the hierarchy of protected characteristics. Had she been a ‘woman of colour’, then it might have had a chance of cancelling out the Brexit Characteristic. If she was self identifying as a woman when not, then even better …. but no, the Brexit characteristic cancels and makes null most things. Remember the reaction to Priti Patel’s appointment to a Brexit cabinet? It’s potent stuff: Brexistness. Possibly comes number one in Heinous Characteristics to be stamped out and no protected characteristic can save someone if they exhibit it.

john flynn

11th October 2019 at 3:28 am

You may not have noticed but “brexiteers” as you put it have not spent the last three and a half years bemoaning the stupidity of those who voted to remain in the EU, they have not spent three and a half years threatening that the world will end if they don’t get their way, they have not spent three and a half years defying democracy. You may also not have noticed that despite the glaring bias shown by the BBC in repect of the outcome of the referendum ably demonstrated by the loaded QT panels for the past three and a half years they have not been trying to silence those who wish to rewrite the outcome of that referendum but have been trying to see some semblance evenhandedness in the issue as portrayed and ivestigated by the BBC, sadly I think that, unlike the referendum, they have yet to win that one.

Forlorn Dream

10th October 2019 at 12:51 pm

The remainiacs shouldn’t worry, I suspect the BBC only invited Julia Hartley-Brewer onto QT so they can brow beat her. I imagine Julia will barely utter more than two words in a row before being interrupted, paraphrased then attacked on the basis of that paraphrasing.

PP Garb

10th October 2019 at 9:24 pm

You’ve the clear view of it all. One thing, of the many things, that has been fascinating since 2016 is the extent of manipulation in the remainer world. They manipulate facts, words, victimhood, dare I say the law, even their own thinking seems to do summersaults, so of course they’ll manipulate who gets ‘platformed’ and for what purpose.

Hugh Bryant

10th October 2019 at 12:15 pm

And what has happened to the egregious Maugham as a result of this supposed ‘doxxing’? Why, nothing at all.

Jim Lawrie

10th October 2019 at 11:49 am

It is about time the show was renamed to “Don’t question time”.

Claire D

10th October 2019 at 11:27 am

Julia Hartley-Brewer is a breath of fresh air as far as I am concerned, I hope the BBC stand firm.

Ian B

10th October 2019 at 11:21 am

Thanks to the dominance of remainer panellists I’ve been boycotting Question Time for two years.

Jerry Owen

10th October 2019 at 10:12 am

JHB has matured well over the years . I remember her working for LBC many years ago, the thinking persons antidote to the sloganeering J. O’Brien.. Not that it takes much.
She has become somewhat less ‘liberal’ in the old sense of the word, she has become less tolerant of the intolerable , the PC, climate change, multiculturalist, open borders, transgender blah blah blah mobs. I have a lot of admiration for her, so much so that I may even watch QT albeit in ‘catch up’ mode so I can skip the
panelists suffering from faux outrage. .
Rod Liddle does a good piece in the Speccie today on the BBC .

Amin Readh

10th October 2019 at 10:04 pm

“she has become less tolerant of the intolerable”

Paradox. Negates the whole meaning of the word tolerance.

“the ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.”

Don’t worry I don’t think brains and you go together. So it is just really easy to have a pop at your usual stupidity.

Stephen J

10th October 2019 at 10:04 am

Her mistake was nothing to do with that four eyed barista (intentional misspelling)…

Oh no, the BBC was in danger of having a non-remainr on the QT panel….

Where would the BBC’s famed balance be then?

These detractors are saving the BBC from its own folly.

christopher barnard

10th October 2019 at 4:21 pm

Many of the detractors work in politically correct public sector workplaces where dissent is not allowed and they can’t understand why the BBC’s programmes are an exception to this rule.

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