Noel Edmonds has seemingly found an ally in his battle to convince people that "Britain is full", with readers of the Daily Express rallying around the TV star.
The Express this morning splashed on the story of the 'Deal or no Deal' presenter's difficult Wednesday commute, which led him to conclude the country had reached breaking point.
The 67-year-old presenter had asked his 11,000 Twitter followers: "Just tried to get somewhere. Allowed loads of time but abandoned journey. Am I alone in thinking Britain is full?"
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
Edmonds' suggestion sparked a round of gentle mocking on Twitter as people used pictures of the UK's plentiful countryside to take an opposing view.
— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) January 13, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
.@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
The comments section of the Daily Express was a rather different affair however, filled with those agreeing with Edmonds. Here are a select few for your perusal.
One person who certainly doesn't agree with Edmonds is Stephen Nickell, a member of the board at the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
Last year he told MPs: "One argument says 'We are a small island, not much room'. On the other hand, of course, there is masses of room. The urbanised part of Britain occupies less than 10 per cent of the surface area.
"The urbanised part of Surrey occupies less of Surrey than golf courses. So in some senses, plenty of space."
So as Asa Bennet of the Telegraph puts it...
Who do you trust more on immigration?— Asa Bennett (@asabenn) January 13, 2016
To his credit though, Edmonds did take Wednesday's furore in remarkably good spirit.
Brilliant where can I buy a dozen? https://t.co/9lLKzLhMwU— Noel Ernest Edmonds (@NoelEdmonds) January 13, 2016
He did eventually clarify his comments in what amounted to a partial backdown...
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