Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville stands his ground in confrontation with Jeremy Paxman

PUBLISHED: 12:24 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:33 16 November 2016

Jeremy Paxman is quizzed at the launch of The Stage, Shoreditch (Photo: Adrian Pope)

Jeremy Paxman is quizzed at the launch of The Stage, Shoreditch (Photo: Adrian Pope) 0845 5050 911

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville held his own against former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, when the abrasive interviewer tried to insinuate he wasn’t in touch with his electorate.

Jeremy Paxman (Photo: Adrian Pope) Jeremy Paxman (Photo: Adrian Pope)

The stand-off came as Paxman was being questioned at a special dinner to celebrate the end of excavations at what is thought to have been Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre – which will now be preserved as part of The Stage multi-million pound development in Shoreditch.

The mixed-use development will include luxury apartments and penthouses priced from £695,000.

Paxman, who spoke about Trump’s surprise win in the American presidential elections, said: “It matters how people feel and politicians need to understand that.

“When was the last time you were on someone’s doorstep and you said tell me what’s really bothering you?” he asked Mayor Glanville – who replied: “That’s the core of what we do.”

Philip Glanville quesioning Jeremy Paxman (Photo: Adrian Pope) Philip Glanville quesioning Jeremy Paxman (Photo: Adrian Pope)

“That’s great. Well good for you,” said Paxman.

“It’s very unusual though. Normally you only see an MP when they are asking for your vote and telling you what they propose to do. This is no bloody use to anyone, and it’s one of the reasons I believe our democracy is in a poor state.”

Mayor Glanville pointed out to the audience, which was comprised of bankers, lawyers, property developers and council representatives: “We’ve got some of the lowest levels of employment we ever had, but we’ve still got that sense of malaise. There is a situation where house prices are not connected to wages, and that not all the opportunities coming to the borough are for local people.

“The house prices are not connecting. The narrative is you would have been able to afford your own home a few years ago.”

Paxman said: “I blame property developers, they are terrible people. They are happy to see property prices going up indefinitely.”

Paxman described how he had expected Clinton to “win big”.

“Trump’s victory is evidence of something I’ve known for a very long time which is we think America is like Britain because they speak the same language and in fact they’re bloody weird - they’re very, very odd indeed.”

He was asked by Jonathan Goldstein, chief executive officer of private investment firm Cain Hoy how Teresa May could take steps “to rule for the nation and not for the few”.

“Listen matey, I’m a journalist, I am not a politician nor am I a f****** clairvoyant, if I were I may have some answers for you,” he retorted.

“I am not disappointed with Teresa May yet. She’s a dull woman, but perhaps that’s what we need. I think that she is not been tested yet and she’s got a terrible job to do. She may bring it off.

“Personally I would like to see Teresa May and Angela Merkel go on a walking holiday in the Alps for a couple of weeks and sort out Europe between them.”

He labelled Cameron “the worst Prime Minster we have had in a very long time” for calling the referendum on the European Union.

“We should remember that when we try to write the history books,” he said.

“He called a referendum and said it was binding without any real precedent and failed then to make the argument for what he said he believed in - and then at the end of it, he said “That didn’t go according to plan, I’m off.”

Artefacts were on display which had been round during the excavation of the theatre included a bird whistle, thought to have potentially been used during a performance of Romeo and Juliet.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

7 minutes ago

John Simpson says Middlesex just have to move on from their 53-run defeat against Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

To listen to LCD Soundsystem through their intricately produced studio recordings, it’s easy to miss the musicianship James Murphy and his crew of unwilling rock stars command.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A display in Hackney town hall’s newly refurbished vaults will shed light on the building’s 1930s origins, and the amazing relics unearthed during its £16m revamp. Emma Bartholomew speaks to curator Jacoba Mijnssen about democracy, regalia, and the mysterious cleaning unit uncovered by workers

Saturday, May 26, 2018

So you’ve been training got the big day, it’s been, you had a great time writes Dalston PT Matt Smith, Fitness First.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Middlesex coach Richard Scott hailed his side after a third successive win in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Paul Stirling defied a thigh injury which forced him to bat with a runner to score his second century in less than a week as Middlesex beat Sussex by 74 runs at Hove in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Block Universe - an international performance art festival taking place in London - is celebrating the artform with an international lineup.

Friday, May 25, 2018

The O’s will play a lot of local teams plus travel to Portugal for a seven-day training camp and it appears a good schedule for Justin Edinburgh’s side


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists