Oh dear. Did anyone listen to this week’s Any Questions from Scarborough? “Mostly Leave voters,” said Jonathan Dimbles.
The applause from the floor for Diane Abbott was uproarious - every single time she opened her mouth - whoops and cat-calls, that kind of thing. It got so extreme that Dimbles had to assure the listeners at home that it was a ‘self-selecting’ audience. “We didn’t ask about their political persuasion beforehand, honest we didn’t” he pleaded, almost apologetically.
He must be more aware of all those accusations of biased or rigged audiences than we thought.
That audience evidently consisted of 99% Corbynistas. Somehow. Maybe they should start asking, like they do on Question Time. Not that it seems to have the desired effect (whatever that is)
Diane Abbott seems to have turned her LBC car crash interview into a kind of badge of honour. “Of course I’ve done my figures” she giggled, “I always do” as though being made to look an absolute fool is a virtue. All publicity is good, in politics, is what she probably believes, and she might be right.