Video: No 10 communications chief rebukes BBC reporter

Craig Oliver gives Norman Smith a dressing down about Jeremy Hunt and BBC bias.

Number 10's director of communications, Craig Oliver, was hired in part for his broadcast expertise. However, he seems to have forgotten that you should be careful what you say in front of a microphone. A video of Oliver giving BBC politics reporter Norman Smith a five minute long tirade about the corporation's coverage of Jeremy Hunt has gone viral after it was leaked to the Guido Fawkes website. The first version of the video was removed from YouTube, but not in time to prevent copies being made. It is not quite The Thick of It; Oliver - formerly a senior BBC executive himself - manages to keep his temper in check. But he accuses Smith of bias and attempting to link David Cameron to events in which he was not involved.

Here it is in full:

Craig Oliver attends a press conference, July 2011. Photograph: Getty Images

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Nigel Farage's exclusive Brexit plan has just been revealed and it's very telling

The panic is over.

If, a week on from Brexit, you're staring at the bottom of your gin bottle and wondering whether you'll ever afford to go on holiday again, then stop worrying. 

There's a plan.

Social media users have been sharing a link to an exclusive reveal of Nigel Farage's plan for the UK departure from the EU. Users are invited to: "View The Brexit Plan that was but together by the Vote Leave campaign, UKIP and Nigel Farage.

Here it is.

Highlighted policy topics include hot potatoes like UK access to the single market, international trade agreements and the rights of EU nationals working in the UK. You just have to click on the red button.

 

Oh. 

It seems the plan might be permanently out of reach. 

Every time you try to click on the red button with your mouse, you'll discover that it leaps away to another part of the page. So far, we haven't heard of anyone who has managed to catch the elusive button and discover the details of the brilliant plan. 

Other plans that have not been very easy to click on this week include: Boris Johnson's plan to be Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn's plan to lead a unified Labour opposition and David Cameron's plan to win the EU referendum in the first place.

As it turns out, a week after Brexit we are still waiting for a definitive plan. In the meantime, you can read: