Noel Edmonds found himself in the middle of a fiery political debate yesterday after claiming a difficult commute led him to conclude the country had reached breaking point.
The 67-year-old 'Deal or No Deal' presenter asked his 11,000 Twitter followers on Wednesday morning, "Am I alone in thinking Britain is full?" after he encountered delays on a trip.
Just tried to get somewhere. Allowed loads of time but abandoned journey. Am I alone in feeling Britain is full?
But the answer, judging by the fervent response from hundreds of people, is that Edmonds, perhaps is alone in believing the UK is full - at least if Twitter is to be believed.
Just collected the bins from outside. Didn't see anyone. Am I alone in feeling Britain is empty? https://t.co/pjV7KeAZOS
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) January 13, 2016
Intrepid explorer discovers rush hour. https://t.co/TQmVFRHD9V
— Shane Richmond (@shanerichmond) January 13, 2016
there was a signal failure on the circle line m8, i don’t think that was caused by hordes of foreigns https://t.co/M6IJKob4FQ
— Alex Hern (@alexhern) January 13, 2016
@NoelEdmonds You could be. It's not full is it? Just gets busy before 9am, we're all trying to get to work.
— Darren Riley (@panchoballard) January 13, 2016
— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) January 13, 2016
— Cous Cous Bang Bang (@couscousbang) January 13, 2016
.@NoelEdmonds It's called commuter traffic. And no, only about 10% of the UK is developed, you racist spoon.
— Foxache, man... ॐ (@Foxy_Blue) January 13, 2016
— Lady Eva (@chickenprincess) January 13, 2016
— Alan Knox (@alanknox) January 13, 2016
— Harriet Tyce (@htyce1) January 13, 2016
.@NoelEdmonds you're free to leave any time you like, Noel.
— Elizabeth (@Elizigan) January 13, 2016
Soon evidence flooded in to suggest that perhaps Edmonds has a point...
— Helen (@treehouse1984) January 13, 2016
He did, however, receive full-throated support from Ukip MEP Jill Seymour.
.@NoelEdmonds Noel, we are full - Our major infrastructure whether that be roads, hospitals and schools are at breaking point.
— Jill Seymour MEP (@JSeymourUKIP) January 13, 2016
And it wasn't long before Edmonds himself, in his own way, tried to regain control of the debate...
Brilliant where can I buy a dozen? https://t.co/9lLKzLhMwU
— tehTrunk© (@tehTrunk) January 13, 2016
Were you pissed off? https://t.co/KR1fMfvM80
I don't want to fall out with anyone. It's decided then. We need more trees https://t.co/t7yC6XRJh5
It's just an interesting thought isn't it? Surely there's a finite capacity for everything? https://t.co/61QkRFAOpx
And even after all the 'irrefutable' evidence presented on Twitter, it appeared Edmonds wasn't for turning...
But just supposing, I know it's a ridiculous thought, crazy even, totally insane obviously, but supposing UKs full? https://t.co/FVBZMpimYl
But after the obligatory Twitter 'storm' showed no signs of abating late Wednesday afternoon, Edmonds attempted to make clear that the whole 'full' thing may just have been a 'feeling'...
Thank you Twitter chums for answering the ? About my "feeling". (Twitter Illiterati kindly note the word I used) Appears I am not alone
I didn't say we're full I asked if I am alone in having the feeling we are full. It's just a feeling. Could be wrong https://t.co/umy1mFfNGj