Politics Live, BBC Two, 27 September 2019

Summary of complaint

We received complaints from viewers who were unhappy with Brendan O'Neill's comments about Brexit.


Our response

During the programme whilst discussing Brexit, Brendan O’Neill stated “I am amazed that there haven't been riots yet.”  When asked if he thinks there will be, he responded with “I think there should be.”

This statement was immediately picked up on and pushed back by Adam Fleming and other guests.  It was for Mr O’Neill to defend his position and we cannot know what a guest is going to say in advance.  These were not views Brendan O’Neill had previously expressed and we had no prior knowledge of them.

When a guest on live television makes a controversial statement of this sort, all the presenter can do is push back on air and allow other guests to challenge the comment which is exactly what Adam Fleming did.