Mick Lynch has won himself a bunch of new fans, including some famous faces, after his blistering appearance on BBC’s Question Time overnight, as well as various TV interviews in the week.
The secretary-general of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers has been doing the media round amid crippling rail strikes, and while the disruptions have caused massive inconvenience across the country Lynch has managed to win a lot of the public over with his continued take-downs of opponents on screen and matter-of-fact delivery.
It comes as train passengers continue to be hit by the largest strike by rail workers for 30 years, with much of Britain having no passenger trains for the entire day on Tuesday, with the London Underground also going on a separate strike.
On Thursday night Lynch appeared on the BBC show, hosted by Fiona Bruce, and was joined by guests including Conservative MP Rachel Maclean.
And while there was a moment in which his comments on different maintenance teams servicing different tracks in close proximity to one another elicited boos and groans from the audience, stars like Gary Lineker were clearly won over as they reacted to his appearance, which at one stage saw Lynch claim Boris Johnson’s ‘main problem is he’s unembarrassable’ by his ‘failures…and behaviour’.
The Match Of The Day pundit risked the wrath of impartiality censors when he wrote on Twitter last night: ‘Whatever your view on the strike, one thing we can surely agree on (we won’t, obviously) is that Mick Lynch is bloody good.’
Gary Lineker was one to praise the RMT secretary
Lynch’s appearance on Question Time stirred many a punter (Picture: BBC)
Whatever your view on the strike, one thing we we can surely agree on (we wonât, obviously) is that Mick Lynch is bloody good.
— Gary Lineker ðð (@GaryLineker) June 23, 2022
Comedian Danny Wallace had earlier tweeted ‘G’wan, Mick Lynch’ to a video of his recent TV interviews, before writing on Twitter during the programme: ‘#Questiontime feels a bit of a stitch-up.’
Following Lynch’s clash with Ms Maclean over whether or not a Network Rail letter had a written guarantee of no compulsory redundancy, India Willoughby wrote: ‘Mick Lynch is great. Just made a fool of Rachel 🤣
‘I want to join the RMT. #BBCQT’
Elsewhere, responding to Lynch’s interviews – with his appearance on Sky News with Kay Burley going somewhat viral – earlier this week, actor Hugh Laurie praised the RMT chief.
House star Hugh Laurie shared his admiration this week (Picture: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock)
The House star wrote on Twitter: ‘I don’t know enough about the rail dispute. I only observe that RMT’s Mick Lynch cleaned up every single media picador who tried their luck today.’
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