Kinnock 'kebabbed' by Naughtie on World at One - 1989

Dec 30, 2015, 02:55 PM

This is delicious. Heard again of late as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of BBC Radio 4’s ‘World at One’ or WATO as it’s become known. James Naughtie bagged an interview with Neil Kinnock, then Labour Party leader, just before the programme went to air in May 1989. Neil, now Lord, Kinnock was a little tetchy at the time, having arrived hotfoot from an NEC meeting – an experience he confessed amounted to ‘sitting on a cactus in my swimming trunks’. At the end of his tether, Neil explodes on a persistent Naughtie question. The exchange was never broadcast at the time, but was retained – and leaked. Later here, the two are reunited and - with mutual good nature and respect - enjoy recollections of the day.