Barry Gardiner became a social media sensation last year when his interviews during the General Election campaign revealed a talent for cutting through the attempts of interviewers to interrupt or divert attention from his answers to their often inane questions.
His interview this morning on the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme showed that he hasn’t lost his touch.
Gardiner was asked – inevitably, since the media doesn’t seem to think there’s much else of import happening at the moment – about Labour’s position on the EU. That was handled with aplomb, in spite of attempts to talk over him as he showed Labour is the only party attempting to fight for both the 52% who voted leave in the referendum and the 48% who voted remain.
Then the interview moved onto John McDonnell’s supposedly-disrespectful, 4-year-old comments about Esther McVey, who has now been returned to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as its head.
After pointing out, accurately, that the BBC reports offensive comments by Donald Trump in much the same way that McDonnell was quoting someone else in the talk that Tories have attempted to misuse against him, Gardiner laid out – in his usual courteous but relentless style an aspect of the case against the new DWP Secretary that seems not to have been where the BBC wanted the interview to go:
Gardiner was clearly making a strong, clear point that will not be at all convenient to Tory attempts to obscure Ms McVey’s character and history by claiming she is being abused.
We’re sure that the BBC’s decision to cut him off was entirely coincidental and wholly due to broadcasting time-constraints.
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