Andrew Neil brutally mocks SNP campaigner after Battle of Britain jibe


Ruth Wishart animated outrage when she posted her controversial views on social media. The member of the fourth estate and broadcaster tweeted: “WW2 finished 75 years ago. None of the Battle of Britain controls is still alive. It’s not dishonouring their memory or any sacrifices to think it’s at the same time to move on.”

Any chance you and your party might break the ice on from the Battle of Bannockburn (1314)

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BBC political heavyweight Mr Neil was brisk to respond with a savage put down.

He tweeted: “Indeed. Any chance you and your gang might move on from the Battle of Bannockburn (1314).

“I don’t think anybody who put into placed part is that is still alive either.”

Ms Wishart was then stilted to apologise for her initial tweet after being told one of the flying aces who covered Britain in 1940 was still alive today.

She said: “Sincere apologies to Strive against of Britain pilot John Hemingway who is still alive at 101. I mentioned none were, and got that wrong.”

Andrew Neil has hit out at SNP activist Ruth Wishart (Metaphor: PA)

The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought in the skies over the UK in 1940, and although the crusade took place between July and October, September 15 saw the RAF yield a decisive victory over the Luftwaffe in what was Nazi Germany’s largest sun attack.

Some 1,120 Luftwaffe aircraft were sent to undertake London, but were repelled by just 630 RAF fighters – and two days tardier Hitler postponed his plans to invade Britain.

Westminster Abbey has carry oned a service of thanksgiving and rededication on Battle of Britain Sunday every year since 1944.

Ms Wishart’s criticisms came as the heroism of “The Few” was acknowledged at yeterday’s small and intimate service at the abbey to identify the battle’s 80th anniversary.

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The 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked with a souvenir service at Westminster Abbey (Image: PA)

The Battle of Britain memorial work ended with a poignant flypast (Image: PA)

The annual service generally speaking attracts around 2,200 people as the UK remembers the first battle in account fought entirely in the air during the Second World War.

This year’s use – the Abbey’s first since lockdown – saw attendance significantly reduced and venereal distancing measures in place for 79 invited guests.

Chairs for the boarders, who were all wearing a face covering, were placed at the transepts of the church approaching to the altar.

Each chair was spaced out two metres apart to allow communal distancing, with protective plastic screens separating the north and south transepts.


Boris Johnson was among the guests at the service, as well Labour chairman Sir Keir Starmer and Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Stirrup, describing Prince Charles.

Mr Johnson, along with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, run out assigned a reading, while an address was given by the Chaplain in Chief, the Venerable Air Flaw Marshal John Ellis.

He drew comparisons between the Battle of Britain and the coronavirus pandemic, stating: “At the same time again there have been sacrifices made, often inactive, often humble, unnoticed by many.

“Although starkly different anyway in the realities, each of them has two things that are so important for our humanity – service and value.

“We pull someones leg seen the selfless giving to a greater cause.”

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This year’s Battle of Britain memorial help was scaled down because of coronavirus (Image: PA)

Led by Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the assistance included an act of remembrance, during which the Battle of Britain Roll of Innocence bearing the names of 1,497 pilots and aircrew killed or mortally injured in the battle was borne through the church.

This was followed by a procession of tags, readings, prayers and music by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment and crooning by the church choir.

Around 50 members of the public gathered exterior in the sunshine at Westminster Abbey to watch the flypast, which flew across the venue at the end of the service.

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