Kirstie Allsopp has denounced Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries after the Cabinet Minister slammed criticism of Channel 4’s privatization proposals as a ‘left-wing luvvie lynch mob’.
The TV presenter, 50, clashed with the Tories on Twitter when Dorries claimed ‘Channel 4’s salad days are over’.
The Rent, Rent, Rent presenter got into a heated exchange with Dorries on Twitter after her opinion piece was published in the Mail on Sunday, addressing the government’s decision to go ahead with its plans to sell the chain.
Dorries wrote that former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who set up Channel 4 in 1982, ultimately wanted it to be “free from the constraints of the state”.
She went on to describe criticism of the decision as “lazy, overworked, misinformed rhetoric from the Leftie luvvie lynch mob.”
Kirstie, who has worked for the broadcaster on numerous shows, was quick to applaud the Cabinet member, calling out his archaic and offensive language.
Taking to Twitter, Kirstie lambasted the MP, questioning whether it was ‘really ministerial’ to brand opponents of privatization a ‘lynching’ while ‘at the same time complaining about being accused of fascism’.
Sharing an article about the US Senate passing an anti-lynching bill, she added, “This article might make you think twice about using the term.”
Last week the government confirmed its intention to privatize the broadcaster, which has been state-owned since its inception in 1982 and is funded by advertising.
The announcement was met with huge criticism from the opposition and a range of conservative peers.
When the plans were announced, a furious Kirstie again took to her Twitter account to say that ‘no real Tory would sell out Channel 4’ and that ‘Lady T is going to turn in her grave’.
But the Culture Secretary wasn’t about to take Kirstie’s bandage lying down.
Responding to her messages, Dorries served up her counterattack, saying Margaret Thatcher’s memoir The Downing Street Years proved she intended to sell Channel 4.
She also said Channel 4 could not be preserved in its current state due to “falling advertising revenue and falling investment in new content”.
The Tory MP added: “There is of course the bonus that a sale will bring to the whole sector, namely that the proceeds of the sale will be reinvested in people from all walks of life, especially those in communities left behind. matter, because talent is everywhere, not just in the SE.
“We will invest in skills to benefit from incoming demand due to our booming film and television sector due to the favorable tax benefits/reliefs and funding this government has put in place to encourage the film industry to consider Britain as his homeland.
“I also like C4, especially Location Location, but as I say in my article, it’s time to look to the future.
“The days of chain salads are over. Being government owned is restrictive. It’s time for C4 to fly the nest into a very exciting future.
Ms Dorries also apologized to Allsopp after he misspelled her name.
She said: “Apologies, I know your name is spelled Kirstie, @KirstieMAllsopp. My autocorrect didn’t agree, I should have double checked!”
The sales plans would be presented in a white paper later this month and will be included in a new media bill for next spring.