Strike leader appears on Have I Got News For You

Rail union leader Mick Lynch became the butt of the joke on the BBC’s Have I Got News For You when he appeared as a panellist and was mocked for bringing the country to a standstill. 

The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) was on the show on Friday night, having been invited on after becoming a media celebrity thanks to his many TV and radio interviews explaining why the strikes are being held.

In a trailer of the pre-recorded show, Mr Lynch became the butt of one joke related to the queue to see the late Queen lying in state. 

Presenter Richard Ayoade put it to the panel that had Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield queued with the public it would have boosted the numbers which fell below record figures. 

Ian Heslop interjected, saying: “No, they were slightly down.”

Asked why numbers weren’t as high as estimated, Roisin Conaty said it was due to “the internet” and “people having other things to do like watching it on the telly”. 

Paul Merton, who is sitting next to Mr Lynch in the satirical show, said: “A live feed, ironically.”

Mr Ayoade continued: “On previous occasions people have travelled to London from all parts of the country, but it’s much harder to travel these days, isn’t it?”

The quip left Mr Lynch, who wore his RMT lapel pin on the BBC show, shuffling in his seat. He did not respond as the audience laughed.

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