The BBC has been accused of “anti-Tory bias” after comic Joe Lycett mocked Liz Truss on the broadcaster’s new flagship politics present yesterday.

An interview with Truss “on the eve of her anticipated election” as Conservative Occasion chief was “meant to be the spotlight” of the debut episode of Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, stated the Day by day Mail. However the interview was “overshadowed” by fellow visitor Lycett, “who sarcastically applauded and cheered” Truss.

The stand-up star’s antics have fuelled contemporary bias allegations in opposition to the BBC, after Truss and Boris Johnson had been additionally “subjected to a collection of crass insults” on the broadcaster’s satirical present Have I Obtained Information for You on Friday, the paper reported.

What occurred?

Showing on Kuenssberg’s new programme alongside former No. 10 staffer Cleo Watson and Labour’s Emily Thornberry, Lycett watched because the prime minister-in-waiting was interviewed reside within the London studio. 

Regardless of a grilling by Kuenssberg, Truss refused to be drawn on which assist measures she would introduce to handle the cost-of-living disaster. As the interview got here to an finish, Lycett might be heard off-screen cheering, clapping and shouting: “You smashed it, Liz!”

And he laid in as soon as once more in a subsequent panel dialogue, joking that regardless of criticism in The Mail on Sunday about “leftie liberal wokie comedians” on the BBC, “I’m truly very right-wing”.

When Kuenssberg identified that Truss had promised a “large package deal of assist coming this week for folks to assist pay their payments”, a sarcastic Lycett responded: “Yeah, she was very clear what she stated. I feel you understand precisely what’s going to occur.”

He added: “I feel the haters will say we’ve had 12 years of the Tories, and that we’re form of on the dregs of what they’re obtained obtainable, and that Liz Truss is form of just like the backwash of the obtainable MPs.”

What was the response?

Lycett “sucked up all the eye” by “usually decreasing the tone to the form of sarcastic wise-guy jabber that’s well-liked with blowhards on Twitter”, stated the Day by day Mail’s Jan Moir, who additionally criticised “whoever thought it was a good suggestion to rent the leftie comic” to be a visitor.

The New Statesman’s deputy political editor Rachel Wearmouth additionally questioned the knowledge of the choice. “Unsure inviting comic Joe Lycett on to a severe politics present was one of the best thought,” she tweeted. That verdict was echoed by Rob Burley, the previous head of the BBC’s political programming, who tweeted that “it’s not the time for that nonsense anymore”.

The Day by day Specific’s political editor Sam Lister wrote that “at a time when the nation is dealing with a nationwide disaster, many will query why the BBC turned to a left-wing comedian for evaluation”.

However Harriet Williamson of The Unbiased praised Lycett as “the star of the ultimate Tory management interviews”. Williamson argued that “when politics descends into farce, difficult it with humour just isn’t solely applicable, however vital”. 

Monetary skilled Martin Lewis additionally defended Lycett’s efficiency. Showing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain at present, Lewis stated: “You invite a comic on a programme, count on them to do comedy.”

As the talk rumbles on, the Day by day Mail reported {that a} “senior Tory supply” had known as for the BBC to apologise for the “absurd” episode.

Tory backbencher Lee Anderson joined the refrain of criticism, claiming that “now the BBC can now not use public cash to assault Boris, they’ve now turned their sights on to” his successor in No. 10.

Lycett appeared unfazed by what The Unbiased described because the “tabloid furore” about his function within the row. In a tweet late final night time exhibiting a picture of at present’s Day by day Mail entrance web page criticising him, Lycett wrote:  “I’ll be off to the framers within the morning.”