BBC's Chris Packham threatens to superglue the PM's spokeswoman to a motorway
Updated: Nov 12
The darling of the BBC, Chris Packham, has certainly been enjoying his time at the COP26 conference in Glasgow. He has taken every opportunity to gain some media traction, whether that's joining protestors in Glasgow, arguing that the Royal family should 'rewild' their estates, or explaining how the "I'm a Celebrity" television programme should run its bush tucker trials.
Last night he appeared on Robert Peston's ITV show alongside Allegra Stratton, the Prime Minister's COP26 spokeswoman.
Packham interrupted Stratton at every opportunity, barely allowing her to get a word in edgeways – while of course erupting in anger when she tried to have her say. That’s par for the course really; who dare express a differing option to Saint Chris? We do, after all, know that he is right about absolutely everything.
But further than being rude enough to dismiss any of her statements about how the government is trying to achieve its climate targets, Packham's most outrageous moment came when he threatened to glue her to a motorway.
"If you come outside, I'll superglue you to the motorway", he offered; with Stratton looking stunned, but having the good manners to reply, "thanks Chris". Peston laughs in shock; but would any other presenter get away with such threatening language, even if in jest?
This is far from the first time that Packham has displayed a misogynistic approach to life. In an interview with the Guardian earlier this year he revealed how his long term girlfriend, the controversial zookeeper, Charlotte Corney, cooks all his meals and he "has a habit of marking each meal she makes out of 10".
Of the meal she kindly serves him and the interviewer (which he describes as "a delicious bowl of asparagus tabouleh with mint and coriander and bulgur wheat"), Packham harshly judges it a "six maybe seven”. This coming from a man who admits that "he can't cook". You'd think he'd be grateful for what he was served – but all he can do is be rudely dismissive of the women in his life.