Andrew Neil takes swipe at BBC Breakfast over drought segment in veiled dig
15th August 2022

BBC’s ex-political presenter Andrew Neil has taken a veiled dig at his former employer after a segment on BBC Breakfast about the current drought.

Neil left his role at the BBC in 2021 and has been vocal about the company since his departure.

The 73-year-old left to join GB News and recently took to Twitter to poke fun at the BBC’s early morning news show, hosted by Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt.

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During their show, Naga and Charlie spoke about the current heatwave and noted that some areas of the country are being severely affected by the drought.

They spoke to a firefighter, who has attended a number of fires since it began, and weather presenter Sarah Keith-Lucas informed viewers that temperatures were on the rise.

The presenters also spoke to Environment Agency expert John Curtin who said that rain could have “a detrimental effect”.

He said: “When you turn on a tap or have a shower, that water comes out of rivers […] that means we’re taking it away from the environment, or taking it away from a farmer that could be using it to irrigate or harvest crops that we will need for food […].”

He branded it as “something beyond normal” and that “rain in the next week" could "bring some respite from the drought”.

Curtin then told viewers that there will be a “risk” that “comes with” the downpour, and showed them how “little the baked Earth absorbs the water”.

As a result, there could be “flash floods” and farmers may “have to become makeshift firefighters” to “stop the fields burning”.

A sceptical viewer didn’t hold back and tweeted about what they’d just seen.

They wrote: “According to BBC Breakfast, even rain is bad now…”

Former BBC presenter Andrew Neil couldn’t help but mock the show and retweeted the post as a veiled dig at the broadcaster’s interview.

However, the tweet sparked a debate amongst viewers and many responded in the BBC’s defence.

One fan replied: “Except, that’s not what they said. Merely the sun-baked ground is far less permeable for water than normal, therefore higher risk of flash flooding if heavy rain. It’s not that difficult to understand.”


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