The Conservative MP faced a ferocious backlash after suggesting the UK Government should use potential food shortages in Ireland as leverage in Brexit negotiations. Many considered the comments crass and ignorant of Ireland’s history.
@Fionakenny1 said: “In Ireland we don’t refer to it as the ‘potato famine’. The Famine was a result not only of potato blight but also because an imperialist landlord class & govt. chose to let people die. Fast forward to 2018 & we’ve Priti Patel suggesting food blockades against Ireland. Classy.”
commented: “Priti Patel’s repulsiveness shines out even amongst the hideous generality of the Brexiteers.”
@politicalhackuk added: “Good god. Priti Patel appears to be backing blockading trade to Ireland. No sense of history or ethics.”
The BBC has announced newsreader and Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce will replace David Dimbleby as the host of Question Time, becoming the programme’s first female presenter.
@bbcquestiontime announced: “We are delighted to welcome Fiona Bruce as the new presenter of Question Time. Join us on the 10th of January on BBC One as Fiona presents the first Question Time of 2019.”
@jimwaterston joked: “Fiona Bruce is going to continue presenting Antiques Roadshow while also doing Question Time, so fully expect people to start bellowing at her about BBC fake news bias when they’re told their family heirloom is only worth ten quid.”
@anitathetweeter added: “Countdown to the first ‘Is Fiona Bruce really the right presenter for Question Time?’ think piece”
The trailer for spring’s fourth installment of the smashhit comic book series The Avengers has been released to fan frenzy.
@Avengers said: “Part of the journey is the end.”
@Kevinkaduk wrote: “Is it weird I just turned off the lights in my office and drew the shades before watching this?”
@Philltromans said: “Really hope that Ant-man turns out to be the most significant player in this whole saga.”
@coryjmccartney added: “We are allowed to just jump past December, January, February and March, right?”