A few days ago there was a back-up of sewage in Four Millbank, the broadcasters’ HQ at Westminster.
The stench drove us out of our studio. At short notice we decamped to Abingdon Green for a live programme. It was a humdrum sort of day with nothing special on the political agenda. Yet within minutes of going on air we were mobbed by protesters determined to disrupt us. Steve Bray, the top-hatted anti Brexit protester, and a companion positioned themselves and their large slogan covered signs in the main shot behind the interviewees. They then moved off claiming their rights to protest were being cancelled and that consequently they had no alternative but to shout deafeningly loud in an attempt to make our activities impossible. The “Jesus Loves You” Scotsman missed his chance by turning up just as we were finishing.
Time for a change: Do the Tories stand a chance against such a potent political motto?
Instead of trying to claim that everything is splendid, the Conservatives should immediately concede that many aspects of public life aren’t working well – and that government does not have all the answers.