David Dimbleby displayed all the tactics towards the Conservatives that he used when Boris Johnson was running for Mayor. Although Boris gave short, clear answers, Dimbleby rudely told him to stop talking, telling him he had said enough and it was someone else’s turn. Since Dimbleby let Lord Adonis ramble on at will, this was palpably untrue.
It was really funny when at an opportune moment, Boris pointed to Dimbleby and said solemnly “Bullingdon Club”, as indeed he is. So much time was spent talking about Lord Ashcroft, you would have thought it was the most important event in the history of this country. Never mind, the mess of our economy, the Iraq War, the state of education, and the gap between rich and poor under Labour, or that both other parties have accepted donations from nom doms, every ounce was squeezed out of this issue, even though, as Boris pointed out, Lord Ashcroft does not hold the influence implied by Labour and the whole affair rests on a technicality.
There was also evidences of the same ambushes Dimbleby tried to lay for Boris during the Mayoral election – the obviously hand picked members of the audience who Dimbleby deliberately went to, their only purpose being to say something rude and untrue to the Mayor. The whole programme was hardly a testament to democracy. However, Boris had his say. He quietly waited his time, and then pointed out to DD that during the Mayoral Election, Dimbleby had also then continually tried to tell him to shut up. Hear, hear!
In future, let David Dimbleby wear a I Love Labour T shirt and rename the programme Labour Time.