Ian Botham goes full ‘accidental Partridge’ with 5 Live interview about giving pheasants to food banks
Ian Botham was on Radio 5 Live this morning talking about his ground-breaking plan to help food banks by giving them pheasants what he’s shot whilst out with his mates.
The 10,000 game birds will also include partridges, which seems entirely appropriate given how his interview with 5 Live’s Rachel Burden ended up today.
Listen to the whole thing here.
In case you can’t stomach the whole course, for every partridge curry or pheasant casserole people buy in the shops – get ’em while you can! – Botham’s scheme will donate one of the birds to a food bank.
Blindingly obvious practicalities aside, sounds like a winner!
Hats off to Ian Botham. Food banks across UK are almost out of grouse & crying out for quail. Riots will start unless some pheasant arrives.
— Muriel Gray (@ArtyBagger) July 31, 2017
Extraordinary interview with Ian Botham on 5 Live this morning. Possibly the most unpleasant person I've ever heard on the radio.
— Ben Powell (@Benpowelluk) July 31, 2017
@bbc5live Disgusting attempt at an interview Rachel Burden. Ian Botham was right. You have an agenda.
— Anton Gaudi (@RoddyTriano) July 31, 2017
'Ian Botham feeds the poor. With dead pheasants' pic.twitter.com/nOE5TBgsIA
— Dan Waddell (@danwaddell) July 31, 2017
And here he was, in the same interview, when he was asked about the cricket. Except by then he wasn’t playing ball anymore.
Well, it’s rarely straightforward talking about farming issues on the radio as any experienced broadcaster will tell you.
I've just seen Ian Botham trending and remembered the last time Ian Botham was trending pic.twitter.com/5WjX0kVI6W
— Kirsty (@Kirstb1) July 31, 2017
The interviewer, Rachel Burden, went on Twitter to say she had ‘no agenda’.
Cheers for all the feedback re @BeefyBotham. All welcome. No agenda.
— Rachel Burden (@rachelburden) July 31, 2017
But Botham wasn’t leaving it there.
Still waiting to hear what your going to do regarding 14million people who don't get a meal per day !!! # Pathetic https://t.co/zrskAao2Yx
— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) July 31, 2017
In fairness Rachel was doing her job. She's there to put over alternative views. It's not a personal agenda but balanced journalism.
— Mark Scott (@Mark_G_Scott) July 31, 2017
Ian Botham people in poverty want well paid jobs and homes not to be patronised by pheasant curries from rich shooty people #FiveLive
— Simon Battle (@simonbattle007) July 31, 2017