Jeremy Paxman is a veteran professional who has been giving politicians a grilling (or roasting, if you’re Michael Howard) since 1993. He knows how to ask hard questions without compromising the perception of his impartiality as interviewer.
So tonight we saw something remarkable: Paxman being so underwhelmed by an interviewee that he let slip his own opinion – and boy was it brutal.
The Establishment media was already desperately spinning the event minutes after it finished to try to cover up May’s car-crash, but the truth will out – and ‘Paxo’ was the one to do the stuffing.
Paxman was interviewing Theresa May and, after giving May a thorough roughing up about her supposed suitability for Brexit negotiations that he said this:
Paxman is a pro. If he wanted to keep his own opinion out of the discussion, he could easily have said ‘Surely an EU negotiator would think’ or some similar permutation.
But he didn’t. He said – to huge audience cheers and laughter:
If I were sitting in Brussels and I was looking at you as the person I had to negotiate with, I’d think “she’s a blowhard who collapses at the first sign of gunfire!”
Twitter users nailed it:
As did audience members. You can clearly hear them cheering Paxman loudly at the end of the above clip, but one member of the audience gave a very succinct opinion on May’s waffle and outright lies:
However, Jeremy Paxman’s expressed verdict was the most remarkable reaction. Clearly the veteran broadcaster learned another skill during his 23 years at the top of the heap as a political interviewer.: recognising a bullsh*tter when he sees one.
As will anyone who watches this clip, let alone the whole interview, no matter how desperately the Establishment and the Tories spin.
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