BBC Question Time: Jermaine Jenas's Football Analogy Falls Flat


When the lineup for Thursday night's Question Time was announced, one name in particular raised a few eyebrows.

The former England footballer was following in the footsteps of Burnley centre back Clark Carlisle and Joey Barton by taking a seat on the political debate show so the pressure was on.

Unfortunately he didn't get off to a great start, using a football contracts analogy in an attempt to explain David Cameron's negotiations with the EU (watch the clip above).

He said: "The scaremongering tactics, I don't know if I can use a footballing phrase, this has been used by footballers and agents for years.

"You get a top player at a club, let's use Wayne Rooney for example, and he wants a new deal at that club and the agent will then go to Real Madrid or he'll go to Liverpool and he'll go 'right, get interested in our player' and he'll almost force United's hand to make sure he gets the deal he wants and it's no different from this."

Needless to say, it fell a little flat.

Fortunately for Jenas, he finished in far stronger fashion by backing a 50p tax rate - one that would apply to himself.

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