Ignorant and insufferable politicians who're climate change deniers aren't just found in the U.S., as the current Prime Minister of Britain declined to participate in a televised debate on climate change. Brexit-loving Nigel Farage of UKIP also skipped the debate. In their place, Channel 4 put in ice sculptures behind their respective podiums.
The Conservatives were not amused.
The Conservative Party is threatening to review Channel 4’s public service broadcasting obligations after the broadcaster replaced Boris Johnson with an ice sculpture at Thursday night’s election debate.
In a dramatic escalation of the war of words between the Tories and Channel 4 that will likely provoke outcry, a Conservative source told BuzzFeed News that if they win the coming election they will reassess the channel’s public service broadcasting licence.
“If we are re-elected we will have to review Channel 4’s Public Services Broadcasting obligations,” the source said.
“Broadcasting organisations are rightly held to a higher standard — and particularly Channel 4 which has a special role enshrined in legislation. Any review would of course look at whether its remit should be better focused so it is serving the public in the best way possible.”
The inflammatory move came after Channel 4 said it would empty-chair the prime minister and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage at its climate change leaders’ debate, after the two leaders declined to take part.