QT with Andrew Neil and Nels Abbey
Posted by scrabb on September 20, 2021, 1:53 pm
This was last week's Question Time from Croydon. I'm rather surprised it hasn't been mentioned here, since you missed a treat. It's a programme I usually avoid (not least because of the lovely Fiona) but I happened to see the repeat. Andrew Neil was on so he could give his 10 cents worth about leaving GB News -- which he did, given the opportunity by a planted question from the audience. But the best bit came next. |
One of the panellists, Nels Abbey, a black writer who I've never heard of, in response to Neil saying he left GB News because he was "a minority of one" and didn't agree with the direction it was heading -- Nels produced a newspaper (or it might have been a TV news) graphic clearly stating in a pre-launch press release that the station would be deliberately pursuing an "anti-woke" line. Nels hung Neil out to dry, saying that he knew full well what he was signing up to, and that to now claim it was going in a "Fox News" direction against his wishes was a total fabrication -- proof in the news graphic he was holding in his hand.
Neil's face was a picture. He stared at his pad, sunburnt forehead shiny with sweat, occasionally glancing up in a manner suggesting he wanted the earth to swallow him, looking as I've never seen Andrew Neil look before -- guiltily uncomfortable. Nels was fantastic -- calm and measured, as forensic as a lawyer goading a dubious suspect. A joy to watch.
Afterwards it occurred to me that Neil had been betrayed and deliberately set up by the BBC on which he had been a major contributor and media "star" for several decades. To allow Nels Abbey to bring onto the show the pre-prepared news graphic must have involved the programme's producer and staff, which meant a degree of complicity. Neil obviously realised this, and I'll wager there was the mother of all ding-dongs afterwards -- to be betrayed so blatantly by the corporation he had served and swaggered about on for so long must have been a bitter pill to swallow and a gigantic wake-up call.
I urge you to watch it while it's still on catch-up. It will make your day -- if not the entire week and month.
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