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Watch: Andrew Neil takes AC Grayling to task over Brexit stance

17 June 2018

12:36 AM

17 June 2018

12:36 AM

Of the many public figures still struggling to come to terms with the EU referendum result, AC Grayling is one of the most vocal. The philosopher has been at pains to say what a mistake, he thinks, leaving the EU is. So, Mr S was curious to note his appearance on This Week.

In conversation with Andrew Neil, the philosopher said the British must be given another vote on leaving the EU. Grayling’s comments led Neil to ask what Brexit had done to the once rational man:

AN: Hasn’t Brexit in a way discombobulated you? You are a respected professor but you have suggested that the Government send a Royal Navy frigate to the South China Sea so the Chinese could sink it and change the news agenda You have called Brexiteers vermin, that’s 17.4million people. You called for a general strike to halt Brexit. And you have called for ultra Remainers, you said they’re being silenced by the forces of the state, which I guess is why you are not here tonight.

ACG: Come one, this is absurd, honestly, I made a joke about the frigate right. I didn’t call the people who voted to leave vermin. I name four people in the Conservative Party and one person outside it in Ukip and I called them vermin and on very good grounds. Why? Because Michael Portillo talks about bullying and paternalism and all the rest of it. When actually the Leave campaign which you obviously are in favour of lied through its teeth, made false promises.’

Mr S suspects Grayling will not be returning to the This Week sofa anytime soon.

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