Safe_Timber_Man wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:39 am
Did those who watched it genuinely think it was such a disaster?
Absolute five star, unmitigated disaster. It could hardly have gone worse. Imagine an undecided voter watching this performance in order to help him/her decide whether they'd like to have Mr Corbyn as the new PM. Ten foot pole. They wouldn't touch him, even though Johnson is arguably worse.
If anything I thought the person who came out looking awful was Neil. Asks a question and then shouts down the answer before it's even given.
I suggest you watch it again. Neil only interrupted Corbyn when Corbyn was not answering the question that he'd just been asked. Which is entirely legitimate.
He's an unpleasant cunt, he really is.
Undoubtedly true, but somewhat beside the point.
I thought Corbyn wasn't as bad as he sometimes is, which isn't high praise but it certainly wasn't a catastrophic interview, by any means. More measured and calm than usual, if anything.
Really disagree with that. He seemed unprepared, unable to answer some questions, couldn't deal properly with the "will you now apologise?" question because he failed to recognise it for the mantrap it was (how much easier would it have been to say, for example, "yes, my party has been less than efficient at dealing with this problem and some Jewish people have been hurt and offended by this, and for that I'm truly sorry, but I will give an undertaking that anti-semitism or other forms of racism is not and will not be tolerated within the Labour Party."
Let's be honest, all the "car crash interview" headlines had already been written way before the interview even took place.
Perhaps that's true, but in this case the headlines were fully justified.
Just like the Boris playing a blinder and giving an amazing interview headlines, which will have also already been written before the interview has even taken place. Same with the manifesto articles.
I do hope that you aren't suggesting that the former publisher of the Spectator magazine is likely to give the former editor of the Spectator magazine an easier time than he did Corbyn - because he won't. That would be foolish indeed. Whatever his Tory/Murdochian connections, Neil is one of the best and most professional political interviewers (alongside pehaps Eddie Mair) in the country. He will be giving Johnson just as hard a time as he (rightly) gave Corbyn. Johnson, however, just might be better prepared and rather cleverer than Corbyn in dealing with Neil and thinking on his feet.