Jeremy Paxman claims to be a “one nation Tory” but he didn’t let that distract him from his first political gig for Channel 4: quizzing prime minister David Cameron, followed by Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The well-seasoned interviewer clearly had been waiting a long time for this moment since leaving the BBC’s Newsnight in June last year. Both Cameron and Miliband must have wished they had agreed to face each other rather than this wrecking ball in a suit.
It was like opening a fizzed-up Coke bottle, and both Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband were sprayed with acidic questioning from the off.
Social media lapped it up – at least to begin with.
It must have felt like a life time for the prime minister, but Paxman’s machine gun delivery was actually over in a merciful 18 minutes. The audience Q&A section was never going to match what had just happened, but even compared to a run-of-the-mill Question Time session this seemed anodyne.
"Prime Minister, would you like to ramble on amiably about something vaguely related to my question?"