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Marr snaps at Shami Chakrabarti for ‘patronising’ him

BBC political broadcaster Andrew Marr snapped at shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti today for feeling that she was trying to “patronise” him on-air.

In the bizarre interview on his show, Mr Marr tackled her over why she supported plans for a general election on a pro-Brexit Labour manifesto despite having voted to remain in the EU.

 

 

In suggesting that it would be undemocratic to attempt to stop Brexit, Baroness Chakrabarti said: “I’m a democrat, I don’t know about you, Andrew, but I’m a democrat.”

Mr Marr, who quickly became visibly annoyed, said: “Don’t try and patronise me, I’m as much a democrat as you are.”

She replied: “I certainly wouldn’t try to patronise you, I’m sure you would never try and patronise me.”

He also asked if she had read Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal while boasting that he “read an awful lot of it.” He appeared lost for words when she replied that she had read it all.

The Andrew Marr Show incident trended on Twitter, where he was condemned for treating her with hostility while readily accepting claims made by Tory ministers.

This included Work and Pensions Minister Kwasi Kwarteng’s excuse yesterday of “reducing the deficit” in response to reports that a disabled girl’s family sold their house because they could not live on universal credit.

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