Kirstie Allsopp clashed with Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries on Twitter when the MP claimed critics of the Channel 4 privatization plan were “lazy, overwrought and ill-informed rhetoric of the leftist Luvvie lynch mob”.
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Kirstie Allsopp has attacked Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries after the Cabinet Secretary blasted critics of proposals to privatize Channel 4 as a “leftie luvvie lynch mob”.
The 50-year-old TV presenter toasted the Tory on Twitter when Dorries claimed Channel 4’s “salad days” were in the past.
The Location, Location, Location presenter engaged in a heated exchange with Dorries on Twitter after her opinion piece was published in the Mail on Sunday, addressing the government’s decision to move forward with plans to sell the channel.
Dorries wrote that former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who founded Channel 4 in 1982, ultimately wanted it to be “free from the constraints of the state”.
She went on to describe critics of the move as “the lazy, overwrought and ill-informed rhetoric of the leftist Luvvie lynch mob.”
Kirstie, who has worked for the network on numerous shows, was quick to clapping back at the cabinet member, calling out to her in her archaic and abusive language.
On Twitter, Kirstie berated the MP and asked whether it was “really ministerial” to call the privatization opponents a “lynch mob” while “at the same time complaining about being accused of fascism”.
In an article on the US Senate’s passage of an anti-lynching bill, she added, “This article might make you think twice about using the term.”
Last week the government reiterated its plans to privatize the channel, which has been publicly owned and advertising-financed since its inception in 1982.
The announcement was heavily criticized by the opposition and a number of Tory colleagues.
When the plans were announced, an irate Kirstie took to her Twitter account again to say: “No true Conservative would sell Channel 4” and “Lady T will be turning in her grave”.
But the Minister of Culture had no intention of taking Kirstie’s dressing while lying down.
In response to her posts, Dorries counterattacked, claiming that Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs The Downing Street Years proved that she intended to sell Channel 4.
She also said Channel 4 could not be sustained in its current state due to “declining 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 sector as a whole, which is that the proceeds of the sale will be reinvested in people from all backgrounds, particularly those from communities left behind, because talent is everywhere, not just in SE.
“We will invest in capabilities to capitalize on incoming demand from our booming film and television sector due to the favorable tax breaks/reliefs and funding this government has put in place to encourage the film industry to make the UK their home consider.
“I also love C4, especially Location Location, but as I say in my article, it’s time to look to the future.
“The broadcaster’s salad days are over. Being owned by the government is restrictive. Time for C4 to fly the nest into a very exciting future.”
Ms Dorries also apologized to Allsopp after misspelling her name.
She said: “Sorry I know your name is spelled Kirstie @KirstieMAllsopp. My autocorrect disagreed, I should have double-checked!”
Plans for the sale will reportedly be set out in a white paper later this month and will be included in a new media bill for next spring.