Friday 27 April 2018

Some people aren't entirely sure why Paul Nuttall was featured on The Andrew Neil Interviews

Many question why Ukip is given a platform alongside the likes of the Labour and Conservative parties.

By Prudence Wade

Tonight marked a somewhat controversial guest on The Andrew Neil Interviews: Ukip leader Paul Nuttall.

He follows Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon in the hotseat, with Tim Farron still to go. However, the fact that Nuttall was featured at all has caused some debate.

Many people didn’t quite understand why he was given the same platform as the likes of May and Corbyn, who lead much bigger parties in comparison to Ukip. Some were confused as to why Nuttall got a spot and the Green party didn’t, considering Ukip currently has no MPs and the Greens have one.

Regardless of whether you agree with his inclusion in the series of interviews, you can be sure that Neil gave Nuttall quite the grilling.

Neil has pulled no punches when interviewing previous party leaders, and tonight he wasn’t giving Nuttall a break with questions like “Isn’t it true that Ukip is becoming increasingly irrelevant?” and “You’re not the man to save Ukip, are you?”

Nuttall’s performance under such pressure divided opinion. Many just weren’t buying the things he said – the wide-ranging interview included his controversial opinions on capital punishment and a burqa ban.

But there were those who did think he managed to hold his own.

The final instalment of The Andrew Neil Interviews will feature Lib Dem leader Tim Farron this Thursday.

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