If you thought the footie was the highlight of last night’s TV viewing, you clearly haven’t seen Channel 4’s The Last Leg.
Guest of honour was no less a person than Jeremy Corbyn, who proceeded to win over viewers by the thousand with a non-stop display of deadpan humour, straight-talking politics and understatedly witty digs at David Cameron.
Viewers responded to his calm, soundbite-free explanations of his views on The EU referendum, Tony Blair, Mr Cameron and his own dress sense, among more silly topics like “Would you like a nob for a nose or a nose for a nob,” which he batted away by asking, “What’s the compromise position?”
I was hoping the show’s producers would have posted the clip of Mr Corbyn’s EU referendum discussion on YouTube (I did ask them for it!) but that hasn’t happened yet. In the meantime, here’s his amazing entrance:
“LOVING Jeremy Corbyn on The Last Leg I am all about staying in,” tweeted ‘Kurdstywurdsty’.
“Watch the last leg now if you are undecided on the EU, Corbyn is the first person I’ve heard giving facts and not empty rhetoric,” agreed ‘Alice’.
And ‘Lauren’ added: “I wish everyone was watching The Last Leg tonight to see Jeremy Corbyn talking sense about the EU.”
Here’s ‘Anthony’: “Finally! Positive reasons to Remain.”
Andrew Harwood: “A politician being asked a question and actually answering it? Surely not! Nice one, Jeremy Corbyn!”
Meg of Margate: “Jeremy Corbyn is on The Last Leg and it’s the best thing ever.”
‘Tina’: “Jeremy Corbyn seems like a breath of fresh air compared to most politicians & with a sense of humour!! Not use to this! Lol.”
Even Hugo Rifkind, with whom This Writer clashed over Labour’s ‘anti-Semitism’ row, had kind words: “Corbyn is great on The Last Leg.” And, credit where it’s due, he defended the Labour leader when another Twitter user suggested Corbyn was “awkward & unenthusiastic. Feels like he was arm twisted into this. He’s not a warm personality is he?” Mr Rifkind responded: “I thought he was pretty natural.”
There were many more – and I can demonstrate the strength of popular support for these comments with one of my own tweets. Asked to comment on David Cameron’s now-infamous statement about what the prime minister’s mother would have thought of Jeremy Corbyn – “Smarten yourself up, do up your tie and sing the national anthem,” the Labour leader gave his response.
I tweeted it: “‘Stand up for the NHS and stop worrying about things that don’t matter.’ Corbyn does it AGAIN!” At the time of writing, those words have been read by10,470 people – and I’m the first to admit that I am far from the most popular person on Twitter.
But there were always going to be haters, as ‘Sarrah’ noted: “Oh no The Last Leg made people change their minds about Corbyn. The Daily Mail and Rupert media will hate this.”
She wasn’t wrong!
“Jeremy Corbyn was slammed as ‘dull and boring’ by viewers despite arriving for a chat show in a supercar with a full length ‘fur’ coat,” scribbled Anthony Joseph in the Mail.
“The Labour leader appeared on Channel 4’s The Last Leg last night in a bizarre bid to get his pro-EU message across to a younger audience.
“He made his entrance in a James Bond-style supercar [actually it was a Bentley], full black suit and bow tie – with a ‘fur’ coat over his shoulders.
“However, many people took to Twitter to express their boredom at watching the comedy show due to his demeanour.
“When he did try to make jokes himself, there were very few giggles from the audience.”
Oh really? The trouble with claims like this is, we can judge for ourselves now – the show is available to view on All 4 now. Make up your own mind.
One person who’s going to have to do just that is Chuka Umunna, who reportedly said Labour “would like our star striker to be scoring more goals”.
I sent him a tweet last night, asking, “So, Chuka Umunna, are you happier about your star striker Jeremy Corbyn now?”
No response. Not even a ‘like’. And they say Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have a sense of humour!
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