Nicky Morgan was replaced on HIGNFY by a copy of her expensive handbag. When she realised, she tweeted that she would have donated the original, and that its comments would have been better than hers [Image: Richard Kendal/BBC/PA].

I didn’t see it myself. Mrs Mike had been away for a couple of days and wanted to catch up on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

But apparently Ian Hislop came out with an amazingly ill-judged comment on Have I Got News For You.

Here’s someone who did see it, to explain:

There’s nothing inherently funny about the statement; nothing witty. It’s a straightforward attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s judgement.

If the BBC had any real interest in its stated commitment to political impartiality, one of the other panel members, or guest host Gary Lineker, would have jumped in to say that agreeing with Theresa May and the Tories is what put the country in a mess in the first place. But that didn’t happen.

It’s no excuse to say the show was one panellist short, either. Nicky Morgan withdrew amid controversy over her criticism of Theresa May for wearing a £995 pair of leather trousers for a photoshoot.

She claimed it showed the prime minister was out of touch – but then it was revealed that she herself had a £950 handbag. A similar bag made an appearance on the show in her place.

That is legitimate comment on a news story of the week; Hislop’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t.

This man is the editor of Private Eye. Do you think he bothers to keep his political bias out of the magazine? Neither do I.

Peter Cook must be revolving in his grave.

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