BBC gets the Ralf Little – Jeremy Hunt debate completely backwards

Jeremy Hunt and Ralf Little [Composite: BBC].

Note to the editors of the BBC’s Newsbeat: It’s Ralf Little who has challenged Jeremy Hunt to a debate, not the other way around.

And Mr Hunt’s claim that he’s waiting for Mr Little to “show the evidence” is arse-backwards – all the information was put to the world in a mammoth Twitter thread by the actor/footballer, weeks ago.

This Writer recorded the whole thing for posterity and you can read it here.

Mr Hunt responded with his own version of the facts – that thread is here.

Finally, Mr Little made a very few pointed remarks about Mr Hunt’s claims here.

So the information is all out in the public domain and, to be honest, I’m not sure anybody will be able to see what’s stopping Mr Hunt from getting into a TV studio and actually standing up for himself, rather than running away as usual.

Mr Little himself clearly thinks he provided all the information necessary for Mr Hunt to get into the TV studio, and is ready for more:

Yes – game on.

It’s time for Mr Hunt to stop hiding behind a lie about lack of evidence and concentrate on his own counter-claims…

In a TV studio. In front of millions of viewers.

We’re all waiting – for him.

The health secretary says he’ll debate actor Ralf Little over claims he’s lied about the NHS.

In an interview with Newsbeat, Jeremy Hunt says he’s waiting for the Royle Family star to “show the evidence” that he hasn’t expanded NHS mental health provision.

The pair started rowing on Twitter weeks ago after the MP appeared on TV talking about investing in care.

Asked about the row with Ralf Little, he said: “I get involved in lots of Twitter spats with lots of different people when I think they’re not being fair about the progress the NHS is making.

“He’s got to show me the evidence of what he’s said.

“When he provides that, I’ll happily come into your studio and debate with him, but he hasn’t been able to do that.”

Source: Jeremy Hunt challenges Ralf Little – BBC Newsbeat

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  1. Rusty December 11, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Same ol bbc

  2. NMac December 11, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Hunt doesn’t like honest debates – he hides behind trees.

  3. Roy Beiley December 11, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    What a moral coward that Hunt is! Unable to refute Ralph Littles statistics by dint of a discussion all by himself he then gets BBC to make it look as though it is Ralph, not Hunt, who is not responding to a debate! Sneaky and cunning. Wait until the immediacy of the exchange has lapsed from people’s minds then put out a complete misrepresentation of the facts hoping people will not recall what actually happened. BBC is really a Black Arts news provider these days populated by Tories. To think that when Labour were in Govt, Tories accused BBC of being full of left wing “pinko” journalists!!

    • Mike Sivier December 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      It hasn’t worked, though.

  4. Neilth December 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I despair at the lack of scientific acumen amongst our elected representatives. One of the first things taught in science is that empirically it is impossible to prove a negative.

    It is not for Little to prove anything. Hunt should find it easy to ‘prove’ the truth of what he claims. Unfortunately for him such proof, largely, doesn’t exist and what there is is badly tainted by the facts. Hunt can try to cherry pick some statistics to support his lies but will always be contradicted by all the other facts that he is consistently and, I believe, deliberately damaging the NHS.

    As is well known he is in record as hostile to the very existence of the NHS and supportive of private medicine and insurance.

    He truly is Dracula in charge of the blood bank.

  5. Ann Ford December 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Hunt, along with this tory government, made an election promise that the NHS was safe in their hands. He is trying to wriggle out of actually facing someone and proving that he is upholding this pledge. We all have the evidence and now one of the known liars from this government cannot face the electorate to defend his own actions. DISGRACEFUL.

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