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?— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
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
.@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
.@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...
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— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
Were you pissed off? https://t.co/KR1fMfvM80— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
I don't want to fall out with anyone. It's decided then. We need more trees https://t.co/t7yC6XRJh5— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
It's just an interesting thought isn't it? Surely there's a finite capacity for everything? https://t.co/61QkRFAOpx— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
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— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
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— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
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— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
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