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Good Morning Britain presenter fails to cope with time lag during interview about dangerous cycling

Cycling UK has invited Richard Madeley for a nice calming bike ride after the Good Morning Britain (GMB) presenter had a full-on Alan Partridge-style exasperated rant at its spokesman. The exchange took place during a debate that was supposed to be about whether a ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law should be introduced, but which quickly descended into Madeley asking why all cyclists aren’t insured.

The segment came after fixed-gear cyclist Charlie Alliston was this week found guilty of causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving for causing the death of pedestrian Kim Briggs and Briggs’ husband’s subsequent call for the law to be updated.

Early in the interview, Cycling UK spokesman Duncan Dollimore was asked by Madeley’s fellow presenter Kate Garraway whether there should be more accountability for cyclists in collisions or traffic incidents.

Wary of the debate becoming a ‘cyclists v motorists’ thing, Dollimore attempted to make a point about a broader lack of accountability on the roads due to the reduction in road traffic police officers.

However, he was swiftly halted by Madeley, who wasn’t happy.

“Sir, you’re here to answer the questions,” said the presenter. “We didn’t ask you about policing on the roads.”

“You asked me about accountability,” countered Dollimore.

Madeley apparently disagreed and suggested that Dollimore was changing the subject.

After much talking over one another due to a slight delay on the line, Dollimore tried to reset the conversation. “I’m asking you which question you’re asking me to answer.”

“God! Stop playing games,” exclaimed Madeley, manfully suppressing 30 years of broadcasting experience by failing to appreciate that delay. “Would you listen to a question?”

And what was that question…?

It was: “Why aren’t cyclists insured?”

That hadn’t been the original question. But Dollimore answered it anyway.

“There are 25,000 people in this country with bikes [He meant 25 million]. That includes something like 70 per cent of people between five and 12. The logistics of making an insurance system that required children to have insurance would be completely unworkable.

“Bikes also change hands more readily than cars because you have an issue with the sale of bikes because they’re not the value of a car. If you required children as young as six, seven, eight to have insurance, you’d have a system where many people would be discouraged from cycling and it would not be something where the cost would be proportionate.

“The incident with Charlie Alliston and Kim Briggs, which was appalling, had nothing to do with the fact that he was or was not insured.”

Madeley responded: “I have to say your answer to cyclists not being insured seems to me close to suspicious because you’re basically not accepting the point that adult cyclists should carry insurance; of course they should if they’re using the road. You’re just saying it’s too complicated because kids use bikes.”

When asked about the interview by road.cc, Dollimore said: “I did fourteen interviews for TV and radio yesterday in relation to the Alliston case, but was surprised how quickly the GMB piece turned to insurance, licensing and other issues rather than Matt Bridges’ call for new legislation around cycling offences.

“Unfortunately, the time lag on the line also complicated matters, with Richard Madeley clearly thinking I was talking over him, whilst I thought he was interrupting me.

“The papers seem to suggest he was having a bad day yesterday. I don’t know about that, but I do know cycling is great for improving your mental wellbeing, so hope he’ll accept my offer of going for a bike ride sometime.

“We can discuss why Cycling UK isn’t keen to introduce measures which might be a barrier to or put people off cycling, and what needs to be done to actually get more people out cycling, such as space for cycling.”

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the road.cc team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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rliu [121 posts] 3 months ago
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Some of the media and wider public are letting out years of pent up anti cyclist sentiment based on this one case. The control freak tendencies of some of the British just never let's go does it.

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KarlM77 [28 posts] 3 months ago
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Richard playing  the Piers Morgan role, badly.

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don simon [1554 posts] 3 months ago
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Good to see Madeley advocating insurance for pedestrians.

#Prick.

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jhsmith87 [37 posts] 3 months ago
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This further reinforces why I only watch BBC News. 

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Woldsman [207 posts] 3 months ago
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Richard, just pick up a couple of bottles of Champagne for Dunc and forget all about it, eh? 

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JeevesBath [195 posts] 3 months ago
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Because insured cars never collide....

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mikepridmorewood [40 posts] 3 months ago
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Are we forgetting that every member of British Cycling has 3rd party insurance and some house insurance policies cover you too?

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Simmo72 [672 posts] 3 months ago
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ITV audicence, basically daily star with moving pictures.

Medley is a twat.

Over the course of this whole case, how many cyclists have been injured because of driver error or using a vehicle as a weapon.  

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Woldsman [207 posts] 3 months ago
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But seriously, if Richard does fancy a bike ride I can recommend a base in Bavaria...

 

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Alessandro [158 posts] 3 months ago
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Simmo72 wrote:

ITV audicence, basically daily star with moving pictures.

Medley is a twat.

Over the course of this whole case, how many cyclists have been injured because of driver error or using a vehicle as a weapon.  

Woah, I think you're giving ITV viewers a bit too much credit there. Most of them are akin to the hybrid offspring of an amoeba and a paperclip.

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spen [199 posts] 3 months ago
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If you can be bothered 

 

http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/should-new-cycling-laws

 

Madley proves himself again to be incapable of conducting an interview, maybe he's just a bit too thick?

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Goldfever4 [388 posts] 3 months ago
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Wow! What a git.

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handlebarcam [1064 posts] 3 months ago
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Blimey, Richard Madeley has let himself go. Either that or Judy Finnegan is looking better than ever.

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rct [70 posts] 3 months ago
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handlebarcam [1064 posts] 3 months ago
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Mike Lloyd [3 posts] 3 months ago
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manfully suppressing 30 years of broadcasting experience

Lovely turn of phrase.

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Yorkshire wallet [1575 posts] 3 months ago
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So speaks a man who forgot to pay for things from the shops. His word carries no value.

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burtthebike [1222 posts] 3 months ago
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jhsmith87 wrote:

This further reinforces why I only watch BBC News. 

BBC news is just as biased as most of the media, and more so on some subjects.  For instance, not once have I seen or heard in the BBC news any mention of Mrs Briggs walking out into the road whilst looking at her mobile phone.  The BBC has had an incredibly successful 30 year campaign about cycle helmets which broke every rule they have.  The BBC doesn't have a regular programme about cycling, but it seems to have at least one about every other means of transport.  The BBC hasn't mentioned the recent report about cycling and health, but it is actively pushing walking.  R4 You and Yours had an entire programme about women in sport, without once mentioning cycling.  R4 PM had an entire week of items about transport, and it wasn't until the last one it was mentioned, but only by a guest expert.

The BBC hates cycling and cyclists.

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ex_terra [14 posts] 3 months ago
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Always good to hear lessons on personal responsibility and road safety from someone who reportedly had ten affairs during his first marriage, was arrested on two counts of taking goods from a supermarket without paying, and whose daughter got a 20 month ban for drink driving.

 

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alansmurphy [1248 posts] 3 months ago
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Watched it live and implore you to watch the link.

 

To provide balance, he did end the interview relatively well stating he'd seen many good cyclists on his trip in that morning. Garragob played the Ron Atkinson card and claimed to be cyclist and driver.

 

There was also a bit of an issue becaue of the few seconds delay both between the interviewee and studio and much longer delay between the presenters' ears. He tries to answer the 2nd question and is talked over by Garragob, then Madeley gets all upset about being interrupted and goes full Partridge.

 

They blatantly failed to listen to the context he was trying to set, as most media outlets have. The question of identification and insurance is potentially a fair one, but you have to allow someone to answer it and open your tiny mind...

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FluffyKittenofT... [1891 posts] 3 months ago
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burtthebike wrote:

The BBC hates cycling and cyclists.

It definitely seems to have a bias on that topic. I recall the 'You and Yours' 'should cyclists be licenced' faux-debate, for example, hung on a hook of one single cyclist-ped collision.

I think partly it might just be that so many media types go everywhere by means of expense-account taxis. I tend to flick the radio back-and-forth between R4 and LBC (depending on the precise way I wish to be annoyed), and when it comes to being anti-cycling it's hard to tell the difference. (The former has more faux-earnestness, the latter more foam-flecked ranting, but the general angle is the same).

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jh27 [99 posts] 3 months ago
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mikepridmorewood wrote:

Are we forgetting that every member of British Cycling has 3rd party insurance and some house insurance policies cover you too?

As do members of CyclingUK (the organisation being interviewed) IIRC

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riotgibbon [231 posts] 3 months ago
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burtthebike wrote:

The BBC hates cycling and cyclists.

I can personally attest to the quality of the bike sheds and showering/kit storage facilities, degree of magnitude better than anything else I've seen

 

but I think Madeley is less Partridge and more http://viz.co.uk/category/cartoons/strip-cartoons/roger-mellie/

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BehindTheBikesheds [990 posts] 3 months ago
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JeevesBath wrote:

Because insured cars never collide....

let's not forget about the circa 1 million who aren't insured at all, or same for VED, MOT.

Even the dopy Swiss knocked license plates on the head for bicycles because it was utterly unworkable.

Worryingly the CUK spokes says “We can discuss why Cycling UK isn’t keen to introduce measures which might be a barrier to or put people off cycling,"

Shouldn't that be be we can discuss why CUK are flatly against ANY measure that might be a barrier/makes cycling less safe/less accessible/puts people of riding a bike.?

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jh27 [99 posts] 3 months ago
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Let's hope he doesn't take them up on their offer, lest he turns into a second Jeremy Vine.

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whobiggs [127 posts] 3 months ago
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Well I've made a formal complaint. That is some of the worst intervew technique I've ever seen. Particularly the mug banging in anger!

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Ian531 [38 posts] 3 months ago
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He should stick to nicking champagne from his local Tesco! An utter twat! No wonder Judy turned to the booze.

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Barraob1 [30 posts] 3 months ago
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If madely is so desperate for ratings why doesn't he organise a wardrobe malfunction. Hopefully in his next desperate attempt he'll grill the head of the hauliers association when a cyclist is crushed under a truck, 25 million cyclists might like to see that.

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timclarkih [13 posts] 3 months ago
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BBC news is just as biased as most of the media, and more so on some subjects.  For instance, not once have I seen or heard in the BBC news any mention of Mrs Briggs walking out into the road whilst looking at her mobile phone.

As far as I undertsand it , I may be wrong, Mr Alliston lied about Mrs Briggs being on the phone but it seems to have become something that people believe on a lot of postings. 

 

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Nymeria [6 posts] 3 months ago
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This won't be popular with the militant cyclists but pedestrians have right of way... and that includes on the road, footpaths, and on open access land even if it is on a popular moutain bike run.

Just imagine the outcry on these pages if a car ran over a cyclist, or a bad driver drives too close to a cyclist, or beeps their horn excessively for a cyclist to move out of the way...  now you've got an idea of how pedestrians and hikers feel about poor cyclists who don't follow the rules. 

Doesn't matter about insurance, doesn't matter about breaks, all that matters is that the pedestrian had right of way.

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