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Monty Don’s swipe at politicians revealed: ‘They’re all trying to sell something!'


Monty Don is the welcome face of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Every Friday, Monty and a string of other keen gardeners show us the tips and tricks of the horticultural world from the comfort of their own home.

The show has, in fact, long been a proponent of what we would now see as self-isolation.

Monty has presented the show from his vast Herefordshire home since 2011 – having already hosted it since 2003.

And, his expertise hasn’t stopped at Gardeners’ World.

Elsewhere, he’s become something of a broadcasting legend.

In 2014, he was awarded the main presentation slot of the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

The show, which takes place each May, was this year cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It didn’t stop Monty from presenting a handful of the day’ displays – much to the delight of his legions of devout fans.

Monty usually sticks to his field of work in horticulture, though has at times ventured out into the political line of his work.

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He said: “I enjoy doing something with politicians where you can be the voice of the ordinary person and try to speak common sense.

“All politicians are selling something.

“It’s a privilege to have a voice on big issues but it’s not something I’d like to do every week.”

With the backdrop of the Brexit referendum, earlier on, Monty made an equally damning attack on the prospect of leaving the EU.

He said: “I very strongly feel that we should remain within Europe. Everything will be better.

“Leaving is complete nonsense and a ridiculous fantasy.

“We are European for better or worse, and we should work at making it a good association rather than turning the clock back.

“There is good stuff being done in Europe, using urban spaces to environmental and aesthetic advantage.

“We can learn from that, we’re an insular nation.

“We’re very good at invention and creation but we’re not as good as we might be at learning from others.

“I’m optimistic the referendum will go the way I hope, but to listen to the media, you would imagine people talk of nothing else, whereas around my way I have never heard anyone mention it.

“Still, I will exercise my vote, although I’m not a party partisan at all – I have no party feeling whatsoever.”



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