First class row over train fares
What a pleasure it is to be on the network during the day! I'm used to 'doing battle' with Ulster politicians every day - its what my usual daily morning show on BBC Radio Ulster is all about - and the politicians in Northern Ireland give me as good as they get over there. I love it!
That grounding proved useful today when I interviewed the Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton. He was arguing that MPs needed to travel first class on trains and it was right that the public purse should pay for it.
Sir Nicholas kept on talking about the "status of a MP" and it intrigued me that he seemed to be saying politicians were somehow different than others.
What did he mean? Are you ready for his reply?
He said people travelling on the significantly cheaper standard tickets had "a different outlook on life". And he added, "If I was in standard class, I would not do work because people would be looking over your shoulder the entire time."
Are people in standard more likely to "look over your shoulder"? Is he comfortable saying this on a national network? Clearly, he is.
When I asked him whether he thought standard-class passengers behaved differently from those with first class tickets, Sir Nicholas replied: "Yes, I do. They are a totally different type of people. There are lots of children, there is noise, there is activity."
He went on to say, "They have a different outlook on life. I very much doubt whether they are undertaking serious work and study, reading reports and amending reports which MPs do when they are travelling."
Sometimes a politician will say something in the heat of an interview that they don't mean to, and I was in good form today, so I gave Sir Nicholas a chance to retract his "different type of people" bombshell.
He responded: "They very often have a different outlook, of course they do, because they are in a different area of activity."
His comments prompted a huge response from you. Take a look at the 5 live Now page to get a sense of the reaction.
My Twitter account has been going ballistic both during and after the show.
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You can listen to a clip from the interview below
And you can listen to the full interview for the next 7 days on the 5 live website.