Paxman has jumped ship and fired off a torpedo as he did so.
The former host says his Conservative leanings made him a lone voice on the show as the younger producers wanted to change the world
The BBC’s flagship politics programme Newsnight is made by “13-year-olds”, its former host Jeremy Paxman has said, as he suggests his Conservative leanings made him a lone voice on the show.
Paxman, who made his last appearance on the flagship BBC programme earlier this month, said the makers of the programme were still young idealists, wanting to “change the world”.
He added his experience in politics had led him to be a “one-nation Tory”, with youthful idealism being a “fools’ errand”.
Paxman shared his opinion of modern politics, saying: “I am in favour of governments getting out of people’s lives. Particularly foreign government.
“The closer you can take decision-making to the people affected by those decisions, the better.”
Europe, he said, had been the source of “nothing but trouble for us”, and joked Belgium as a “pointless little country”.
I’m guessing the ‘Katz Kidz’ will be happy to see the back of the grumpy old man who was getting in the way of their project to change the world…their ‘fool’s errand’.
Who’d have guessed that the student-like lefties of the BBC had an agenda? News to Owen Jones of course.
Interesting that even someone as senior as Paxman didn’t feel able to influence the news agenda and the groupthink at the BBC and speak out before in such strong terms whilst in the job.