For those who enjoy a spot of Twitter hurly-burly on a Sunday morning, here's Andrew Neil taking on critics of The Andrew Marr Show's decision to interview Arron Banks today:
Caroline Lucas: Appalling misjudgement to give platform to Arron Banks on BBC tomorrow. Please do make your own complaint.Andrew Neil: Thank god the future of the free press is not in your hands - or there would be no free press. You should be ashamed of yourself.Terry: Bollocks, Banks is under criminal investigation, the BBC should not be giving him air time.Andrew Neil: Bollocks to you. Unless the person has been charged and so the matter is sub judice, the BBC can interview whoever it likes. It's called freedom of the press.Ian Pollock: Being charged is not the only criteria, numpty.Andrew Neil: In terms of the law, it is, numpty squared.Alex Cornes: Right with you Andrew Neil on the value and importance of free speech, so how about giving Jeremy Corbyn some airtime and a chance to respond to the comments often aimed at him from BBC political shows?Andrew Neil: He has an open invitation to come on to my shows any day, any time. For as long as he wants. Perhaps you could put a word in for me. But I don't hold my breath.The Saboteur #FBPE: Andrew Marr is hardly the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a far-right platform to fit a "narrative" dreamed up by news editors, with some soft balls tossed in return for some soundbites. Why not step in yourself? I would trust a Paxman or Neil grilling over a Marr love-in.Andrew Neil: I don't really get the chance to interview anybody of great substance/importance these days. Probably my own fault. I'm sure my namesake will do a sterling job. The idea Mr Marr provides a "far right platform" is beyond parody.Simon Wain: Yes but as the BBC does not have access to all the material which underpins the (potential) case against Mr Banks, how can there be a proper interview? The whole exercise is pointless grandstanding for both parties.Andrew Neil: Drivel squared. Do shut up.