Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I am rather annoyed with myself

Well what can I say, I'm a tad annoyed with myself for letting RecessMonkey wind me up, he did however buy me a beer afterwards. It was very hot in the studio and the chair was extremely uncomfortable, I had cramp by the end. I did get horribly ranty which kind of makes a mockery of Iain rather pleasant compliment quoted above, but such is life. Having said this my colleagues always found that quote amusing for precisely that reason. Have to roll with the punches and all that stuff.

20 comments:

The Daily Pundit said...

You did a good job. It must have been difficult to exercise so much restraint sitting so close to such an odious man. Still, at least you shut him up when you asked him if he was married. I've never seen someone blush as much as Alex did. And how refreshing to see representatives from the three main parties and the most normal, down to earth one was the Tory.

Anonymous said...

The chairs looked really uncomfortable and I noticed that Iain nabbed a comfy seat on the sofa before the others got on set to review the papers.
Drop a subtle hint to Iain & Co about making it a more derriere friendly set which guests will want to return to again.

Praguetory said...

You definitely came across as the most reasonable bloke there - probably because you are. I don't think Iain helped by cutting across you a few times. Tall had a few good jokes, but was mainly remarkable for his smug, but unworkable ideas. You can imagine what I think of Hilton. The woman was a waste of space.

Praguetory said...

I think you're only annoyed, because the issues that were raised are so important (I'm thinking ward closures/state funding of political parties) and you would have loved to deliver the knockout blow. Don't worry, your time will come.

dizzy said...

Cheers PT. I think it all comes down to the fact that I have sod all intention of being an MP, hence I'm not afraid to react like a red rag to a bull.

Anonymous said...

I thought that you were great. Alex was doing the usual straw man tactic which is so transparent it is beyond belief.

"You don't like Sion's video? Then you must have been happy to see 2 million children in poverty!" "You're not happy with hospitals in conservative areas being closed down? Then you must want top rate tax at a thousand percent!"

I can see why he is in the Labour party, he's a political speak-your-weight machine.

My rant is now over; normal service will soon be resumed.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't that bad for a first attempt, you could tell Hilton had been on a Spin Training course.

Maybe a suit and tie next time, I know how much you love wearing them...joke.;-)

Seriously though, well done for keeping it real.

Chris Palmer said...

Stick to blogging Phil. Too many ums, too many errs. Not good. The Lib Dem guy was the best of the three - Iain Dale even managed to do a decent job presenting. Alex Hilton is a twat (enough said I think,) but to be quite honest, you were poor. Very poor.

dizzy said...

Years of substance abuse in my youth I'm afraid. What can I say?

dizzy said...

Actually, you know what Chris, on relfection I do agree with you, but I also think I felt quite stifled by the format of the show. There were many times I wanted to interrupt (for that is the type of arrogant git I am) but I couldn't. The result was that by the time I got to speak I'd forgotten what I wanted to say (see previous comment for explanation of cause).

Chris Palmer said...

As you say, the effect of the studio and the lights, and the format probably took its toll.

Anonymous said...

I think you're being way too down on yourself Phil. (Which you don't need to be cos Chris is doing the job for you.) The bit where you and Alex slugged it out over the NHS was good fun to watch - I know because I was sitting back at that point enjoying it - and will have made good telly. It would all have been less enjoyable without you there...

Anonymous said...

Hmm, well you appeared a little nervous to me. In fairness his monkeyness and stephen have both had a bit more experience of public and transmitted speaking from the looks of it. Overall though, it was enjoyable to watch as much from the point of view that it is far more real than listening to 3 political megaphones constantly blaring on message and on target.

You did seem to miss a few open goals imho, but then thats easy to say when I'm sat in front of my monitor watching and not actively involved in the discussion.

I'm fairly confident though, when all's said and done that you probably did better than I would have done, happily though I have no intention of testing that theory. I'll stick with muttering darkly on teh intarweb.

Anonymous said...

I actually think you did really well. It can't of been easy. I'm glad you went on. At least you have an idea of what's in store for you the next time you go on.(which i hope you do)

Rob F said...

I also thought you did well, and came across as a human being - which is a good thing on a channel packed full of politicians!

I say respect to all three of last night's panel - I've just watched the programme through and there were countless times where I would have said "um, good question! er..."

Anonymous said...

A shirt without a tie would have done no harm at least out of respect to the host. Having said that,take comfort in the fact that it was your first time.

dizzy said...

err why? What does what one wears have to do with anything? Anyways, I told Iain I would not be dressing up for the occassion. I'm a tech geek who works in I.T., I don't actually own many "smart" clothes.

LondonVillage said...

Dizzy, wear a tie! You must be joking, that's not the Dizzy I know.

Anonymous said...

Dizzy, can I watch an action replay as I missed it last night? I'm still trying to get my registration sorted out with 18 Doughty Street, so if you have a link, please send it to me.

Serf said...

Dizzy, I didn't think you did too bad. As the last boy scout says, The Monkey has obviously had spin training. I agree with James that he came across with straw man argument after straw man argument. I quite liked Stephen, though I found much to disagree with him about.

A note to any other Tory faced with Alex's comments on the NHS. The problems are due to mismanagement, not a lack of cash.