Edwina Currie slams 'nasty' Carol Vorderman as row erupts over calls for star to face BBC axe

Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie branded Carol Vorderman 'nasty' on Dan Wootton Tonight

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 01/08/2023

- 10:35

Updated: 10/10/2023

- 15:19

The former Countdown star currently fronts her own show on BBC Radio Wales

As Carol Vorderman continues her incessant attacks on the Tory Party on social media day after day, Dan Wootton posed to guests Edwina Currie and Narinder Kaur on Monday evening whether this should effect her employment with the BBC.

Vorderman has been hypercritical of the current government and issued a number of tweets aimed at specific MPs in the past few months.

Given the BBC's stance on impartiality, Wootton questioned if Vorderman's staunch political views should result in her leaving her role as a freelancer with the broadcaster.

However, Kaur claimed during the debate that Vorderman keeps her politics off of the airwaves and strictly to her social media, so therefore is entitled to her opinions.

Kicking off the debate, Wootton asked Currie for her opinions on the matter. She replied: "I do have a problem with Carol.

"One is the way in which she puts her points of view is really quite vicious," Currie added which prompted Wootton to say in agreement: "Yeah, yeah, yeah."

Currie continued: "Anybody who's been in public life knows that... well you can have an argument (or) a debate about how to do things, about policy... but you might actually show some respect to the other person.

"Their point of view may be just as valid as yours and in the long run, they may turn out to be right, you may well turn out to be wrong.

Edwina Currie and Narinder Kaur clashed

Edwina Currie and Narinder Kaur clashed over Carol's spot at the BBC


"So you treat people with some respect. You try and show other people how to behave.

"She's doing completely the opposite," Currie went on. "So much of what she's saying is so unpleasant and so nasty and so directed at the individual and not the policy that you think, 'Oh, come on, you're going overboard.'

"She used to be a Tory! She used to be a great pal of David Cameron, and I don't remember her being so very nasty then about the Labour Party and the opposition.

"But the other thing, as you say, she currently has a live presentation on a national, taxpayer funded broadcaster.

"We don't have any choice, if we're going to listen to the BBC at all, we don't have a choice."

Kaur soon weighed in to counter Currie and Wootton's argument, however, as she remarked: "She's 'anti' what this government is doing in terms of how vile they've been.

"She's calling people out with evidence," Kaur added before Wootton interjected to point out this wasn't always the case, prompting Kaur to say: "She is calling out a lot of the bad things people are doing and I applaud her."

But Wootton wasn't won over, asking why Vorderman should keep her spot on the BBC's roster before Kaur hit out again: "Because the show is nothing to do with BBC News.

"And actually she's a freelancer and as a freelancer, she's also employed..." Kaur continued before the panel erupted into overlapping chatter.

Dan Wootton

Dan Wootton hosted the debate on Monday evening


"Let me finish - her show is entertainment!" Kaur yelled over Currie and Wootton's protests. "It's got nothing to do with news.

"Her tweets are what she puts out calling out the Tory government," she added before Currie claimed she was "warned" not to be political when she worked at the BBC and was urged to be impartial.

Kaur interjected to say: "She is impartial on her show! It's an entertainment show!"

But Currie wasn't satisfied as she raged: "You cannot do that! You cannot pretend to be impartial on that sofa and then partial on this sofa."

"It's called free speech, Edwina!" Kaur blasted back. "She's entitled to her opinion."

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