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Sean O'Grady Johnson was as lukewarm as Rotary Club after-dinner speakers

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22.06.2019

So a couple of TV firsts there then. The controversial drama critic Kenneth Tynan may have been the first person to utter the F-word on British television back in 1965, but it was left to a Conservative Party activist from the West Midlands to drop an F-bomb on a Saturday afternoon on rolling news, as an official Tory party event was streamed live to the Great British public. The guy with the bleep machine must have been off duty, understandably.

BBC news presenter Lukwesa Burak apologised for the use of the “direct quotation”. The foul word was originally used, of course, about business interests by Boris Johnson who dismissed it as a “stray remark to the Belgian ambassador”. So that’s all right then.

Boris’s domestic affairs also gave rise to a second first – a candidate for PM being asked live on air why the police had been called to his flat at half-past midnight.

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