Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

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Guardian columnist Owen Jones attacked ’s Politics Live at the very end of the programme, accusing them of “double standards”. During his scathing rant, Mr Jones accused BBC’s Politics Live of “self-indulgent discussion”. Despite the credits rolling, and Mr Jones being warned he was running out of time, the Guardian columnist continued his tirade, before the show ended abruptly cutting him off.

BBC presenter Jo Coburn, asked: “Owen, where do you go from this? Some of the placards, the Apocalypse is coming.

“Democracy not dictatorship. Boris Johnson the great dictator. Where do you go from that?”

Mr Jones replied: “Jo, I have to take the double standards of this programme very very strongly here.

“The fact you are focusing an entire discussion on some placards, some colourful placards.

“We live in a country where the front pages of newspapers call people the enemies of the people. Traitors and saboteurs.”

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The host, Coburn, butted in insisting Mr Jones only had 20 seconds to make his point.

Mr Jones said: “Today it has been revealed there have been a massive surge in Islamophobic attacks because Boris Johnson called Muslim women letterboxes and bank robbers.

“This programme, this self-indulgent discussion about placards when hatred and bigotry.”

The BBC host quickly cut Mr Jones off insisting the discussion topics were the “reason he decided to come on”.

Before adding: “Unfortunately we have run out of time.”

Mr Jones started to reply insisting he was “putting the record straight” when the credits of the show were overheard before the programme ended cutting him off.

The Guardian columnist was responding to a debate around the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament ahead of the Queen’s Speech on October 14, which could effectively limit the time MPs will get to debate Brexit.

The decision which was announced last week sparked fury among MPs who want to block a no deal exit from the EU, and led to thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets over the weekend to protest the move from Mr Johnson.

Conservative Party rebels have since been warned they will be deselected if Tory lawmakers vote against the Government to try to block a no deal exit this week.

A senior source from the Tory whips office said: “The whips are telling Conservative MPs a very simple message – if they fail to vote with the Government on Tuesday they will be destroying the Government’s negotiating position and handing control of Parliament to Jeremy Corbyn.

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“Any Conservative MP who does this will have the whip withdrawn and will not stand as Conservative candidates in an election.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, former justice minister David Gauke said it appeared to be Mr Johnson’s “strategy” to “lose this week and then seek a general election having removed those of us who are” against no deal.

Mr Gauke also claimed there would be a 95 percent chance of a no deal exit if Parliament does not block no deal this week.

The Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has warned the party will do everything in its power to block a no deal exit.

Reports suggest the Prime Minister could be on the verge of preparing to call for an election on the eve of an historic showdown with Parliament over Brexit.

The BBC has been contacted by for comment.

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