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wormburner

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An absolute skewering.

Very irresponsible of the grown-ups to send her in for this when she's clearly neither important nor a good liar. From 6m15s.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielknowles/10...

Oakey

15,663 posts

96 months

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There's a certain irony reading about someone too young to do their job in an article written by someone who appears to be 12.

clanger

1,082 posts

138 months

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What cowardice, or maybe I am just being naive wink in the Conservative upper ranks for letting her walk straight into Paxman's contemptible bullying.

PeanutHead

7,814 posts

50 months

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Think it will give her a bit of backbone lik ann widdecombe next time round though.

JulianHJ

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142 months

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Fantastic. biggrin
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rfisher

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163 months

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Thought Paxo was over the top with this one.

What was he so cross about?

She was clearly unprepared though.

Can't remember him laying into any Labour fish like that.

Maybe he's in the male menopause.

wormburner

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rfisher said:
Thought Paxo was over the top with this one.

What was he so cross about?

She was clearly unprepared though.

Can't remember him laying into any Labour fish like that.

Maybe he's in the male menopause.
I think he probably feels insulted by the under-prepared/under-qualified (delete as appropriate) minion who was sent to face the music.

Her early refusal to say when the decision was made (when it was clearly that morning) was another insult. For her to imagine she could either bullst him or swat him away was foolish and arrogant, and I think that raised his ire.

So, delivering a savaging ensures that the big boys also look bad for sending her, as well as the junior minister getting a baptism of fire that might ensure she either knows what she's doing next time, or refuses to get thrown to the lions again.

He has done this to politicians of all flavours for many, many years, and still they get caught-out. I think he's a national treasure and one of the most valuable people in the country.

clanger

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I agree and as a national treasure he should be stored where they belong, dusted off every now and again to put on public display smile

I find his hectoring style irritating, but typical of a person who has never ever had to make an unpopular public decision - bit like those arty crytics really, give 'em a brush or a part in Merchant of Venice I say wink

A big hurrah for the decision to defer the petrol tax tho'!!

MX7

7,860 posts

54 months

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Does it matter when she was told?

She was a bad choice by the Tories, but to push a point that is largely irrelevant seems very churlish.

ewenm

26,466 posts

125 months

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I'd struggle to keep a straight face if being "interviewed" by Paxman. His false outrage and false passion for the points he tries to press home makes me laugh. I suspect he wouldn't take well to that though hehe

Then again, politicians not answering direct questions riles/amuses me too.

172ff

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75 months

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I thought it was hilarious! She wouldn't/couldn't answer a single question.

Happy82

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49 months

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ewenm said:
I'd struggle to keep a straight face if being "interviewed" by Paxman. His false outrage and false passion for the points he tries to press home makes me laugh. I suspect he wouldn't take well to that though hehe

Then again, politicians not answering direct questions riles/amuses me too.
it would be one of those situations where he'd continue to be more angry, you'd continue to laugh more and eventually one of you would pass out hehe

tonker

46,116 posts

128 months

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She KNEW she would be asked this - she tries to hide the truth. She therefore gets what she deserves.

ewenm

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tonker said:
She KNEW she would be asked this - she tries to hide the truth. She therefore gets what she deserves.
Maybe she had a bet for how long she could avoid the question or how many times she could get Paxman to ask her again hehe

tonker

46,116 posts

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The bigger problem is that she's been parachuted in and really isn't showing an capability or ability or qualification for the job - other than being a mumsy looking woman.

ewenm

26,466 posts

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Sorry, I'm obviously not taking this seriously enough paperbag

Derek Smith

18,975 posts

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tonker said:
She KNEW she would be asked this - she tries to hide the truth. She therefore gets what she deserves.
She was a sacrifical lamb. She was sent in without preparation, indeed without a defence. I suppose she had it coming in a way. I beleive she used to be a management consultant and, if so, it shows. She was out of her depth. Those who sent her in knowing what would happen to her are the guilty ones.

All that to one side, Paxman made some very valid points.

The Telegraph comparison with The Thick of It was very nasty as well. Have to say it gave me a bit of a guilty laugh. 'You don't deserve to live.'

What did come out, and is important I feel, is that decisions are being made on the hoof. She obviously had no idea this was coming until that day. Not the way to run a fish and chip shop, let alone a government.

tonker

46,116 posts

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She was born in 1982. She therefore started work in 2004 (she did a gap year). She did three years of box carrying and filling in spreadsheets at Deloitte (according to Wikipedia) and by then was the preferred Tory candidate for Norwich.... seriously, what the cluck does she know about anything ?

Apache

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tonker said:
The bigger problem is that she's been parachuted in and really isn't showing an capability or ability or qualification for the job - other than being a mumsy looking woman.
Treasury Minister! ffs! no wonder we are all going to hell in a hand basket.......I have no idea what that means but have always wanted to say it

0000

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At least Paxman calls a spade a spade.

I wish other journalists weren't fobbed off so easily by such crass 'answers'.
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