BBC Politics host Andrew Neil slams Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie as a “miserable jock”

"I hope we show it again so somebody can tell who the miserable Jock is and what he’s ever done”

BBC Politics host Andrew Neil has described Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie as a “miserable jock”, after the pair shared an awkward TV appearance.

The frontman appeared on Neil’s This Week last month, where he spoke of an apparent lack of “progress” in society and the headache of Brexit negotiations.

Gillespie also went viral after refusing to join in with the show’s ending, which saw Labour MP Caroline Flint and former Tory politician Michael Portillo performing the ‘skibidi’ dance craze’.

“I hope we show it again so somebody can tell who the miserable Jock is and what he’s ever done,” Neil has now responded to one user on Twitter. “Other than scowl and spout Corbynista propaganda from his fancy Islington pad.”

For his part, Gillespie had previously described Neil as “rude & smug”.

“I was immediately cut off by Andrew Neil who quickly handed the question over to Michael Portillo,” he wrote on his appearance on Instagram.

“I never got to say what I fully wanted, my impression was that Andrew Neil sensed an alternative opinion that he didn’t want to hear and closed me down. I found him to be arrogant, rude & smug.” 

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I was asked to go on “This Week” show on @bbc last night to discuss “Progress”, My line of reasoning was that here in the U.K. we are not progressing but regressing back to the social inequalities of the 1930’s due to the failure of 40 years of Free Market Capitalism, and tying that in with the rise of Fascism in Europe & all over the world; I was immediately cut off by Andrew Neil who quickly handed the question over to Michael Portillo. I never got to say what I fully wanted, my impression was that Andrew Neil sensed an alternative opinion that he didn’t want to hear and closed me down. I found him to be arrogant, rude & smug. When I arrived before the show, the Producers asked me if I would take part in this ‘dance’ idea at the end of the show ; I refused, after that their attitude towards me changed. After it finished, the Labour M.P. Caroline Flint joined Michael Portillo, Andrew Neil & the Producer / crew as they cracked open the Champagne ( or Wine? ) and toasted each other, it was a sickening sight. This film sums up the attitude of the political class of our country, and the media who support / serve / enable them. You can watch the whole scene on @bbciplayer RG via @raven__smith

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At the time of the appearance, Neil had been somewhat more diplomatic in his explanation.

He said of Gillespie in October: “The purpose of the final item on @bbcthisweek is to get away from party politics and ideology and have a bit of fun. I’m afraid Mr Gillespie fulfilled neither criterion.”

Although Bobby Gillespie is yet to respond to Neil’s latest criticism, his latest tweet was shared on the band’s official Instagram.

Earlier this month, Primal Scream also posted artwork that depicts a demon version of BBC presenter Andrew Neil stalking Bobby Gillespie.