Peston tells Nadhim Zahawi he’s ‘cutting and running’
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Robert Peston, 61, returned to the ITV studios last night for the latest instalment of his political programme, Peston. Peston was joined by co-host and the broadcaster’s deputy political editor Anushka Asthana, 41, ex-Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, 56, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, 50, Labour MP Yvette Cooper, 52, and ex-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, 58.
But ITV’s political editor came under criticism on social media for hosting a “biased and dull” show.
Despite what some could argue is a star-studded line-up, viewers of the show appeared to despair by the time it hit the airwaves.
Even though none of the guests campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in 2016, @AndyStill11 described the panel as “a gammon fest” – a disparaging term often directed to those who backed Brexit.
Another user said: “Sorry to say that tonight’s #Peston programme has hit a new low. Sleaze, migration, u-turns, bumbling Johnson, COP, N. Ireland, etc., all briefly mentioned in passing but absolutely nobody seriously challenged or held to account.
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“Talking shop. No progress made. Very poor!”
@docrussjackson called on Peston to apologise for suggesting immigration is the most important issue to voters after citing YouGov’s most important issues facing Britain poll tracker.
But @iMultitudes suggested the Peston programme did not give enough airtime to figures sceptical about immigration.
“These shows, including BBCQT, are way too one sided on the issue of migration,” he said.
In response to a clip of Labour’s Yvette Cooper, @Andrew788505925 also appeared to question the programme from the other end of the political spectrum.
He said: “What an incredibly speculative, biased and dull show. Comes across like a party political broadcast more than a current affairs show.
“The irony of Cooper pretending Labour are ‘winning back voters’ and Peston laughing at Boris….
“Nothing interesting to see here.”
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During last night’s Peston programme guests discussed climate change, immigration, Windrush, Northern Ireland and even the global economy.
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