Jeremy Paxman can be quite the pillock.
Tim Peake, the British astronaut who is due to spend six months on the Soyuz space station in 2015, became one of Jeremy Paxman’s least likely victims in a combative interview on Newsnight in which the presenter suggested that space travel was merely a waste of taxpayers’ money. “What’s the point?”, Paxo wearily asked. “You’re just drifting around, aren’t you?”.
How bizzare. Tragically, Paxman’s line of questioning and real-or-pretend ignorance probably does reflect the attitudes of many. John Crace has more fun with this as he imagines Paxo grilling Gandhi, Churchill, Berners-Lee and Mother Teresa.