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Correct priorities

Viewers upset as BBC One replaces Homes Under the Hammer with Theresa May’s resignation speech

Fans of Homes under the Hammer were upset after the BBC replaced the show to make way for Theresa May’s resignation speech.

Viewers of the popular home renovation and auction series said they were “furious” that the BBC decided to move the latest episode – scheduled for 10am on BBC One – over to BBC Two, in order to air Mrs May’s statement to the public.

The Prime Minister’s tearful announcement that she would be stepping down was met with sympathy and support by many on Twitter, but not by angry audiences of the morning show.

“I’m absolutely furious.. this news has ruined my day.. thanks to this event they moved Homes Under The Hammer to BBC2 and I didn’t know.. nearly missed it,” tweeted one user.

While another wrote: “Couldn’t you have done this at 11? I’m missing Homes Under The Hammer. #theresamayresigns. Worst PM ever.”

24 comments to Correct priorities

  • Itellyounothing

    Without piano wire and a lamppost Theresa May is both tough on patience and the causes of patience.

  • NickM

    She likes walking holidays. I suggest she sets off to Canterbury, shoeless and in a shapeless robe of broken promises. When she gets to the Cathedral she can pray for forgiveness because she’s getting nowt from me.

    That’s if they let her in stinking of the rotten fruit she’d copped along the way.

  • Brian F Swisher

    NickM: you left out the scourging.

  • bobby b

    Scary thought:

    Each one of those people gets exactly as many votes as you.

  • APL

    Teresa May resigns.

    Several times over the last few days, we’ve seen pictures in the MSM of Teresa May weeping in the back of a ministerial car.
    Then she weeps while giving her resignation speech ( she’s not gone yet ).

    For a woman who advocates equality and, I think held the portfolio of minister for equality, she sure tried to play the weak and feeble woman card.

    Thank god she’s going …… soon, .. any time now.

    #theresamayresigns.
    #tmworstPMever

  • Russtovich

    You’ve heard of Leap year; where February gets an extra day.

    Well now we have Leave year; where May gets an extra week. 😋

  • Homes under the Hammer is more informative about Britain today than speeches in the House. Watching it will tell you plenty about the north-south divide – just note what the same house costs in London and in the North-East. You will also see a passably ‘diverse’ set of people who seem have in common the will to work rather than scrounge, and/or to take a risk, for motives that vary: turning a profit, having a home, having a bigger home, giving someone a home, …

  • CaptDMO

    In the US, the funeral of JFK was televised on a Saturday morning.
    Saturday morning used to be reserved for cartoons. All pre-empted.
    I was FURIOUS! I was….four, I think.

  • NickM

    Brian,
    I leave the whipping to someone with a name like Swisher.

  • Brian F Swisher

    Dude.

  • Mr Ed

    The BBC usually tells you in advance if something dodgy is coming up, like flash photography, to give sensitive ones the chance to look away. I doubt that they gave a nausea warning for this appearance, however joyful it was. As Mrs T put it, ‘Just rejoice at that news, rejoice!’.

    I suspect the senior BBC management still think of news in terms of the ‘newsflash’, the interruption of TV for an annoucement, as the way to get news out, rather than memes and mobiles.

  • Penseivat

    Whatever one’s views of Theresa May are, and mine are far from positive, the alleged comments about missing a weekly programme, which can be viewed later on catch-up, shows the level of stupidity and moronity of some people.
    How often does a Prime Minister resign? How often does that overweight bloke and the blonde look at empty houses on a tv show? For goodness sake, people, get a life.
    Niall, the difference in house prices between the south and the north east is because, due to successive governments failing, or refusing, to invest in the North, there is very little work. Wait a couple of months and you’ll be able to buy a house in Scunthorpe for two Mars Bars and a Jaffa Cake.

  • How often does a Prime Minister resign?

    Not often enough for my liking.

  • Ted Schuerzinger

    It’s just a politician. If people are complaining because the local news is breaking in to report a tornado warning (such break-ins happen here in the States fairly often), that’s different (in the sense that complaining in this case is something I have much less sympathy for).

  • Whatever one’s views of Theresa May are, and mine are far from positive, the alleged comments about missing a weekly programme, which can be viewed later on catch-up, shows the level of stupidity and moronity of some people.
    How often does a Prime Minister resign? How often does that overweight bloke and the blonde look at empty houses on a tv show? For goodness sake, people, get a life.

    Besides, how else can you show a PM’s resignation speech, other than bumping a tv show for it? It’s not like there’s a way to send video to an arbitrary number of people through an arbitrary number of channels in near-real time. You’d need, like, a globe-spanning network of computers to accomplish such a thing!

  • Itellyounothing

    The North has had plenty of government money. It’s just not possible to government your way out of poverty.

    It’s private investment the North lacks. That’s bigger, lasts longer and multiplies faster.

  • Brian Micklethwait

    Natalie
    Sorry about this, it’s off topic, but please will you email me about your talk next Friday. I have sent several emails, but I think your email system is ignoring them, on your behalf.
    I hope the Samizdata elves will forgive this interruption!

  • Roué le Jour

    I would have been annoyed if the news of May’s departure interrupted my idly flicking though magazines in the dentist’s waiting room. It’s a non event. She will be replaced by some other traitor who will move from “extensions” to “transition periods” to “alignments” to keep Britain under the EU.

    Ironically Brexit’s best hope is probably Macron getting us chucked out.

  • Gavin Longmuir

    Roue: “She [May] will be replaced by some other traitor … to keep Britain under the EU.”

    Look on the bright side! The UK can be more self-governing, whether or not it is part of the EU.

    Mrs May rightly comes in for a lot of criticism — but so should the Parliament of Clowns over which she attempted to rule. The world-class under-performance of the denizens of Westminster has made it blindingly clear that most of the UK’s problems start with the kind of people currently in the Houses of Parliament. And the good news about that is the citizens of the UK can fix the problems of their own Political Class regardless of whether the UK is part of the EU or not. All it takes is the solid political will of a majority of UK citizens. And then the UK could follow the example of Eastern European nations and simply reject or ignore EU directives which are not in the national interest.

  • Roué le Jour

    I agree with you in principle, Gavin, but in practice the current government has three years to run and I don’t see them giving up a minute of that. Furthermore the current front runner has already anounced his betrayal. (Send him one of these now and beat the rush.) Boris has said he will leave at the end of October, deal or no deal. The people have already voted no deal and the current extension is bogus as it serves no legitimate purpuse beyond delay. So the correct position is no deal now.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    No Deal Hard Brexit is the only position now.

    Any politician who argues in favor of a Brexit with any kind of a deal (ANY kind of deal) is almost certainly just providing himself with a loophole to not deliver Brexit – so that after no deal agreed with the EU can get through UK’s Parliament he can say it’s the EU’s fault that Brexit will not be able to be delivered.

    Anyone not in favor No Deal Hard Brexit is a Remainer. Period.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    Any politician who argues in favor of a Brexit with any kind of a deal (ANY kind of deal) is almost certainly just providing himself with a loophole to not deliver Brexit – so that after no deal agreed with the EU can get through UK’s Parliament he can say it’s the EU’s fault that Brexit will not be able to be delivered.

    Should say:

    Any politician who argues in favor of a Brexit with any kind of a deal (ANY kind of deal) is almost certainly just providing himself with a loophole to not deliver Brexit – so that after no deal agreed with the EU can get through UK’s Parliament he can say it’s the EU’s fault and/or UK Parliament’s fault that Brexit will not be able to be delivered.

  • Paul Marks

    No sane person should have “sympathy” for Mrs May.

    The resignation speech of Mrs May was disgraceful – the same despicable lies about “loving” this country, and the same “Woke” nonsense talk about race (“colour of skin”) and sexual orientation (“who we love”).

    Mrs May, you “Woke” nonentity, you are not being forced out because you are black or a lesbian (you are neither of these things) – you are being forces out because you are a LIAR. You promised 108 times that United Kingdom would regain independence on March 29th – “deal” or no “deal”, and you BROKE YOUR WORD.

    As for stressing that you are women – in an obvious bid to gain sympathy. What a total insult for more than half of the human species.

    What are you saying Mrs May? “I can not help lying and breaking-my-word – because I am woman, and that is what women do”. Is that what you mean? If so – what a vile INSULT to your sex.

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