Listen: James Naughtie’s slip of the tongue

The Radio 4 presenter bravely smashes the taboo around the use of the “c-word” on live radio.

The Today programme's thousands of listeners had an amusing start to the day when James Naughtie tried to introduce "Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary", and ended up calling him . . . something else. Certainly not the kind of language you expect to hear before the, er, 8am watershed.

Luckily, the minister saw the funny side, tweeting: "They say prepare for anything before going on Today but that took the biscuit . . . I was laughing as much as u Jim or shld I say Dr Spooner."

You can listen to it below. Warning: strong language.

 

 

 

UPDATE: Here's Andrew Marr, repeating the mistake just a few hours later.

 

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

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Britain's largest communications union to affiliate to Momentum

The CWU, one of Corbyn's earliest backers, will formally affliate to the organisation.

One of Labour’s largest trade unions is set to affiliate to Momentum after the ruling executive of the Communications Workers Union voted unanimously to join the organisation.

The CWU, Britain’s largest communications union and the fifth largest affiliate to Labour, was one of the earliest backers of Jeremy Corbyn. 

Dave Ward, the union’s general secretary, told the New Statesman that “the general election showed the value of Momentum as part of the wider labour movement”, and that the body, which emerged out of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 leadership campaign, was now “a major political force in the UK”, saying it had a  “key role to play in securing a transformative Labour government”.

The NEC’s vote will now go to a ratifying vote by the CWU’s annual conference. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.