HERE’S Andrew Marr trying to do to Nigel Farage what Andrew Neil did to Ben Shapiro. As one of our commenters remarks today, it’s worth watching if you need cheering up.
It didn’t get off to a good start for Marr:
Andrew Marr: Nigel Farage, in 2016, why did you not advocate no deal?
Nigel Farage: Because it was obvious we could do a free trade deal. M. Barnier and the others were talking about this. The problem is the Prime Minister never asked for it, so we finished up in the mess we are in. And the only way . . .
Marr: (interrupting) It was obvious, but it didn’t happen.
Farage: Well, because the Prime Minister didn’t ask for it. She chose to go for this ‘close and special partnership’. Basically, right from the start, she was happy for us to be kept very close to the customs union. So where we are now, the only way the democratic will of the people can be delivered is to leave on a WTO deal.
Marr: So you accept you weren’t advocating no deal back then because you know . . .
Farage: (interrupting) Oh, no, no, no! In the referendum itself I was the one who coined the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, which of course is pretty obvious . . .
Marr: (interrupting) I’ve gone back, and you said it . . . if you said it, you said it away from the cameras and the microphones.
Farage: (interrupting) No, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry . . .
Marr: Because I can’t find examples of you saying this . . .
Farage: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ I was using every day for the last two weeks of that campaign.
Marr: Right. We can’t find it.
Farage: Well, you’d better look closer!
Well, it look me less than a minute to find a BBC report from June 20, 2016 quoting Nigel Farage saying ‘No deal is better than the deal we currently have’, and from there it was straight on to a BBC report from June 8, 2016, about the previous day’s ITV referendum debate in which Farage said ‘No deal is better than a rotten deal that we have at the moment’ in front of the cameras and the microphones!
I also quickly found him saying ‘No deal would be better than the rotten deal we have now’ during an Express Group referendum debate hosted by Nick Ferrari on June 3, 2016.
So how on earth did Andrew Marr and his high-powered BBC team fail to find it?
This article first appeared on Is the BBC Biased? on May 12, 2017, and is republished by kind permission.