Now this is what I call a studio discussion.

My personal highlights are:

‘My shoe and my urine are more dignified than you.’

‘I spit on you and on your people.’

And – in the midst of all this – the plaintive line:

‘George, we don’t want the discussion to be like this.’

All of which is worth remembering next time we complain about the quality of debate on British TV.

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