Have I Got News For You tonight
Friday, 8 November 2013
Tonight, I’m on Have I Got News For You again… The host is lovely Alexander Armstrong; I’ll be on Ian’s team, and Paul’s team-mate is Godfrey Bloom, the MEP who was chucked out of UKIP after a controversial week where he made a comment about “sluts” at a women’s meeting and hit a man from Channel Four news over the head with the UKIP magazine.
If you can read that last sentence without laughing, you’re a better person than I am. I felt sorry for Mr Bloom when he was thrown out, because the “sluts” thing seemed harmless to me. Some women at the meeting said they didn’t clean behind their fridges; he said “It’s a room full of sluts”, and they all laughed. Whether it was a genuine mistake because Bloom DOESN’T KNOW that “slut” has changed its meaning over the last few years, or whether (as seems more likely to me) it was a joke on the double meaning, I don’t think people should be thrown out of political parties for that sort of thing. If the only problem in the world was off-colour jokes, we’d be in clover.
Having said that, other comments he’s made in the past have been a bit dodgy, and I suppose you can’t go round hitting people with magazines. You’ll find out if you think he’s charming or ghastly (or an interesting combination of both) if you watch tonight’s show. Also, at the recording Paul and Ian were on great form and A. Armstrong is always a brilliant host of that show, so… I hope you enjoy it if you see it.
BBC One, 9pm.