Jeremy Hunt eviscerated in 5 Live Interview
Further to this, which Iain Dale is keen for you to hear, there’s this, which he isn’t…..
On Friday night Stephen Nolan interviewed Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt on his 5 Live phone in programme. I listened to it when I was in the kitchen tidying up. At times I was laughing so much I had tears running down my face. OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but it really was that bad.
Nolan completely eviscerated Hunt to the extent that by the end of it she was a jibbering wreck. It really is worth listening to the whole thing (it lasts half an hour). The calls which followed the interview were a joy to listen to.
I didn’t catch the whole thing but he’s absolutely woeful when challenged on his vacuous statement that the Tories can’t give tax guarantees, which as Nolan states contradicts flatly their NI stance.
The most painful bit to listen to, though, if you’re a Tory, is when Nolan asks him (25mins 30 secs) why the Tories are discriminating against men over the pension age, with plans to raise it by one year in 2016 for men, but not for women. Hunt can only whine (26 mins 40 secs):
I have to be honest with you Stephen, I don’t know the details enough of the policy. I’m absolutely sure we’re not discriminating against men, but I don’t know the details of that particular policy.
While such details may not seem important to Hunt, the fact that this is the first they’ve heard of this proposal clearly does matter to people joining the phone-in who suddenly find their retirement put back a year.
I think it may well also matter to those areas of the UK, like Scotland and the North West where male life expectancy is 11 years lower than in more prosperous area, and people are now now a little bit nearer, statistically speaking, being worked to death.
If you want to listen, and I really hope you do, click here and scroll in a few minutes to around 8 mins 40 secs.
p.s. I think Nolan’s a shite interviewer. Shouting and constantly interrupting is not clever. It’s shouting and constantly interrupting.