The Most Embarrassing 1:22 of Your Life

Fresh from the bunker, Theresa May faced some tough questioning from this veteran BBC reporter out on the campaign trail:

While this pantomime goes on the Herald’s Iain Macwhirter looks at the more sinister side of the media manipulation:

“Theresa May is a serial abuser of the democratic process. Last year she tried to use royal prerogative to push through Article 50, triggering Brexit without MPs being allowed a vote. It was left to the Supreme Court judges to remind her that Britain is supposed to be a parliamentary democracy. Then Queen May opposed Parliament’s right to have a meaningful say on the final deal with Brussels on the grounds that this might “weaken her hand” in negotiations with Brussels. She dismissed the Scottish Parliament vote for a referendum in 2019, saying “now is not the time”, then called her own snap election. This she justified on the dubious grounds that political parties are opposing her in Parliament – which is exactly what they are supposed to do. Theresa May is behaving like a Home Counties version of Turkey’s president, Recep Erdogan. She’s even refused to submit to a televised debate, which is now an essential element of the democratic process. Presumably she senses that all her early promises to govern for “working-class families” and not “the privileged few” will disintegrate, if exposed to view. For it is becoming clearer by the day that Brexit was not just about Europe – it was something akin to a right-wing coup.”.

Luckily the dogged reporter can be seen pursuing the PM down the street.

We are facing, effectively, a media blackout. And, if Ruth Davidson may seem like a parody of what a Scottish Tory might be, the consequences are more serious.

Maybe instead of facing the public’s questions in a tv debate, or  journalists questions on the stump, the Prime Minister could just be interviewed by different members of her cabinet each day?

That 1:22 will have made you cringe, but it should also make you wince.

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  1. Dougie says:

    Not sure why you think this is different from the usual bbc interview of a Tory minister.

  2. alan says:

    pass the bucket.

  3. Linda says:

    1:22 only shows up as Bible quotes. What does it mean?

    1. The interview is one minute twenty-two seconds long

  4. CRoberts on Uk says:

    cringe squared possibly , fear definately

  5. Catherine Rolwich says:

    My oh my those 2 are so put of touch with certainly the Scottish populous.
    May has simply just upped the anti. Think their will be some vocal shenanigans at today’s MAY Day rally in Glasgow. MAYBE she should attend.

  6. Tom Carroll says:

    My God was this real, the most important GE in her lifetime. How does she get to that?

  7. charles maclean says:

    God this would make you vomit
    Tory democracy in action !!

    1. Paul Gallagher says:

      Please stop using the words Tory and Democracy in the same sentence, this makes me sad.

  8. Alastair John Mennie says:

    Good job it wasn’t my door they came to or they would have come face to face with a big angry German Shepherd he hates vermin and these two imparticular would give him some good exercise chasing them down the road Good Boy Bear LOL

  9. Charles McLaughlin says:

    Like two wee woman talking over the dyke!

  10. John curran says:

    Kim Yong Davidson interviews Kim Yong Maybe

  11. Tommy Dolan says:

    who filmed the ‘interview’?

  12. Teresa Steele says:

    Staged or what? an absolute insult to my intelligence.

    1. Marcia Blaine says:

      Me, me and me.

  13. Teresa Steele says:

    Staged or what?!! This is an insult to my intelligence.

  14. Fiona says:

    Do you know the guy at work that looks at your boobs when he is talking to you? Well watch Ruthie!!!

  15. LESLIE ANTHONY STUART -THOMPSON says:

    THE PROBLEM WITH THE TORY; IS THEY TELL LIES TO OFTEN, THE TRUTH THE REST OF THE POLITICIAN;- BUT THE TORY IN POWER HIT, AT THE DOOR STEP THE POOR & VULNERABLE THE MOST ; ” TACK THE RAISED “. TAX FREE BASELINE , TO £10 ‘000 POUNDS , GOOD MOST WOULD SAY. BUT IN FACT THEY HAVE TAKEN THE CITIZEN RIGHT TO PAY HIS TAX AWAY; THE GRASSROOTS, HAVE NO PROBLEM PAYING THEIR TAX. NEVER HAVE DONE, BUT LIFTING THEM OUT OF TAX. ROBS THEM OF THE RIGET TO SAY, I PAY MY INCOME TAX, MY SHER TOWARDS SOCIETY. (NOW IT IS EASIER FOR THE TORY TO SAY YOU PAY NO INCOME TAX, SO WE WILL CUT YOU BENEFITS AS YOU DO NOT CONTRIBUTE . ” NOW YOU EAR WE HAVE LIFTED THE POOR OUT OF TAX; “THE RICH PAY MORE” TAX THAT THE POOR, IT IS DEGRADING TO THE CITIZEN. & DEINFRANGISING THE THEM BY THE BACK DOOR; TO THEIR WELL BEING YET THEY STILL PAY 20% IN TAX WE FORGET VATE. IS A STEALTH TAX AS IS COUNCIL TAX;- AND LANDFILL TAX. & BEDROOM TAX; IN FACT THE POOR POUND FOR POUND PAY MORE TAX THAN THE RICH, AS THE POOR SPEND ALL, THEIR MONEY TO LIVE, BUT THE RICHER SEND ON LUCKSHERIS. LICK HOLIDAYS ABROAD . THE POOR ARE ASK TO PAY FOR THE PENSIONS. IN THIS NEW. JOBS BASED PENSION; POT BUT WEAR AS THE WEALTHY; WILL HAVE THE REGULAR WORK TO DO THIS, THE POOR WILL ONLY HAVE, THE ZERO HOURS PATEN OF WORK . ( FOR A JOBS BASED PENSION TO WORK YOU HAVE TO BE IN BLOODY WORK:- “full time ” . SO WE BEGIN TO SEE THE LIE THAT IS TORY; SPIN ON FACT SOON I HOP A LABOUR GOVERNMENT AND REAL POLICY DECISIONS THAT WORK .

  16. Debra smith says:

    Oh be gone you vile woman, England don’t want ya n Scotland don’t want ya, go away and enjoy your husbands multi millions and leave the rest of us alone. we have had enough of your weak and unstable self, shrieking, brittle robotic panicked voice. You are a spoiler a waster, just leave us alone we don’t want you

  17. Interpolar says:

    I think Ruth Davidson, unlike that unruly Nicola, has fully understood Scotland’s place in the Union. If your WM leader says this, say “Yeah”, if s/he says that, say “Yeah”, and if the course turns 180° between the two, then you follow your leader round the bend. It’s time for Scotland to learn lip reading and proactive obedience, rather than reflection and debate. It would so save your Prime Minister from having to repeat the message more than once.

  18. John Armstrong says:

    They have no boundaries.
    Only the other day, Ruth Davidson, Jackson Carlaw and a bunch of hangers on turned up in Callander and did one of their opportunistic photo shoots.
    They used invalidity machines supplied by Trossachs Mobility (strong Tory supporters) at a time when the Tories are removing disability support (and the associated vehicles) from around 800 disabled every week.
    To add further opportunistic insult, they massed on the steps of the Church in Ancaster Square and ran up and down the steps in the disability machines like they were on some sort of assault course.
    Those steps belonged to the Church and, since the owner was away on family business, no permission was asked or given.
    That building just happens to be the headquarters of the local SNP group – a fact that would be well understood by the tank commander wannabe and her fawning chums.
    They play dirty – and it’s mandatory.
    They constantly lie and misinform.
    They have manufactured a situation where the question of another independence referendum has been blown out of all proportion to corrupt and deflect from the issues that are important for the electorate.
    Joseph Goebells once said, if you tell a big enough lie often enough, people will believe it.
    He would be very proud of Ms Davidson and Mrs May if he was around today.

  19. James Mills says:

    ‘Every vote for me and my team ‘ says St. Theresa – are we no longer voting for parties in this GE ?This is the cult of personality – it’s such a pity that Theresa has all the personality of a face flannel .

    1. jdman says:

      It reminded me of when the news channels go into schools and get the kids to do thier own news reports.
      so they can point and laugh and say how cute.

  20. Susan Reid says:

    In the video towards the end, TM actually said if Scotland flourishes so will the England says it all really. They need Scotland to survive

  21. elaine fraser says:

    OMG 1.22 is truly awful I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry, please social media savvy folk out there circulate this as much as you can – it reminds me of TISWAS or Crackerjack or a scene from Biker Grove with weans pretending to be grown-ups.

  22. Roy Moore says:

    What’s wrong with it? Twas’ ever thus for the Tories. Thatcher. Forsyth. Hesseltine. Hurd. Major. Remember them? I fail to understand how anyone with in inkling of the principles of social justice and democracy itself (not that we can call the UK a democracy, when it has an un-elected chamber) would be interested in listening to these people never mind voting for them. A vote for a Tory is a vote for a liar.

  23. Jacqueline Boyd says:

    So contrived, amateur and totally cringe making. These two old hacks (hags:)) look like a failed “Britain’s got talent” double act, only Ant and Dec are missing.

  24. Jock Wishart says:

    Did she go round the doors,?

  25. Jock Wishart says:

    Did she go round the doors?

  26. karen dietz says:

    arf

  27. Donald Cattanach says:

    Round the doors????

  28. Bibbit says:

    This comedy double act then went to knock on four doors and no-one answered.

    Knock. knock.

    Who’s there?

    The Prime Minister and Ruth Davidson.

    Bugger aff.

  29. John Bradley says:

    How she is going to negotiate with 27 other country leaders should be a laugh, She will be a disaster…and in an odd way I cant wait

  30. Angela Mckenzie says:

    “When Scotland is flourishing ” that’s a joke in itself, Scotland will never be allowed to flourish while under a Westminster government especially if England is not flourishing.

  31. Richard MacKInnon says:

    “The Most Embarrassing 1:22 of Your Life”. I have watched this clip a few times now and I dont get it. What is so emabarrasing? Two capable politicians, one the Prime Minister the other the Shadow Scottish FM doing a piece to camera before a bit of canvassing. OK its staged, they all are.
    And yes I understand Mike Small is a nationalist and May and Davidson are unionists, but embarassing?
    Then I read the last sentence and the article makes sense,
    “That 1:22 will have made you cringe, but it should also make you wince”. As I say I dont get the ‘cringe’ bit but I do understand ‘wince’. Now I get it, why Mike Small and all the other contributors above might wince when they see this clip. The definition of wince is ‘to make a slight involuntary grimace or make a shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress”.
    Mike, I think ‘wince’ is the perfect verb here and I thank you for such a revealing and honest article.

  32. Richard MacKinnon says:

    “The Most Embarrassing 1:22 of Your Life”. I have watched this clip a few times now and I dont get it. What is so emabarrasing? Two capable politicians, one the Prime Minister the other the Shadow Scottish FM doing a piece to camera before a bit of canvassing. OK its staged, they all are.
    And yes I understand Mike Small is a nationalist and May and Davidson are unionists, but embarassing?
    Then I read the last sentence and the article made sense,
    “That 1:22 will have made you cringe, but it should also make you wince”. As I say I dont get the ‘cringe’ bit but I do understand ‘wince’. Now I get it, why Mike Small and all the other contributors above might wince when they see this clip. The definition of wince is ‘to make a slight involuntary grimace or make a shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress”.
    Mike, I think ‘wince’ is the perfect verb here and I thank you for such a revealing and honest article.

    1. Richard – can you imagine politicians from any other political party doing this?

      Can you give me example of them doing his?

      1. Richard MacKinnon says:

        Does Nicola Sturgeon ride a motor bike?

  33. Alf Baird says:

    ‘Proud Scot’ sycophant nods, obedient donkey-like, doffing cap to English upper class twit. Twas ever thus for Scotland’s parcel o rogues.

  34. Susan Smith says:

    It’s awful – and I really don’t know if Theresa May is as incompetent as her constant use of the same speech implies. What’s even more awful is that some people believe all this stuff.

  35. Hamish says:

    “Let’s take that strong message round the doors!” — Aye right! Lynton Crosby has banned May from talking to actual members of the public.

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