Calvin Robinson slates 'doomed' GB news after being 'pushed out'
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If you were concerned that Calvin Robinson being sacked from GB News would mean he’s spending a lot more time on his own, then you needn’t worry, as it seems he rather enjoys his own company – to the extent that he has a painting of himself hanging up in his loo.
Robinson hosted Calvin’s Common Sense Crusade on the right-wing TV channel until the broadcaster suspended him in September when he said he would not appear on Dan Wootton Tonight without Wootton, who had also been suspended.
Two days later, the political commentator gave an interview to The Times, in which the many unusual objects which decorate his north London home were shared with readers.
Reporter James Marriott writes: “I make a fascinated inventory of his coffee table, which is covered with a lace cloth and strewn with artefacts of his careers in the church and the media: his GB News lanyard; a glow-in-the-dark statuette of the Virgin Mary; a letter opener in the shape of a sword; a set of altar bells and – a superlatively fogeyish touch – a small cut-glass bowl filled with Werther’s Originals.”
During their time together, Robinson also presents Marriott with tea in a GB News mug, placed on a coaster “decorated with a picture of his face”.
The journalist goes on to comment: “Later, when I use his bathroom, I discover that Robinson has a painting of himself hanging over his toilet – a revelation that provokes the strange thought that whenever he relieves himself, he does so gazing upon his own face.
“This is hardly a symptom of saintly humility.”
And Twitter/X users have praised the article and expressed joy and bewilderment at the revelations contained within:
Come for the fogeyish small dish of Werthers Originals.\n\nStay for the \u201cI never wanted fame\u201d coasters, unconvincing defence of Enoch Powell, and the portrait in the loo.\n\nMaginificent interview with telly vicar Calvin Robinson by @j_amesmarriott\n\n\ud83d\udc47 https://t.co/wJoMC8ivqy
\u201cLater, when I use his bathroom, I discover that Calvin Robinson has a painting of himself hanging over his toilet\u2026 whenever he relieves himself, he does so gazing upon his own face. This is hardly a symptom of saintly humility.\u201d \ud83d\ude06\n https://t.co/YR5JOYjlwX
Not sure if I wanted to know Calvin Robinson has a painting of himself above his toilet, but it\u2019s really quite a telling detail about the man and his ego and insecurity \nhttps://t.co/VLqDeFHHY4
Genuinely have never seen a more brutal (and deserved) skewering than this \n\nhttps://t.co/Cc4cAofT7i
"Robinson returns with my tea in a GB News mug and places it in front of me on a coaster decorated with a picture of his face" \u2013 really good and revealing, not to mention hilarious, profile of Calvin Robinson by @j_amesmarriott in @thetimes:\nhttps://t.co/xeQs8tAnBo
Robinson, meanwhile, has expressed pride in the memorabilia, which he says were “hand-crafted presents from supporters”.
He also uploaded a recording of their conversation to YouTube, writing in the video description that Marriott had written a “hit piece” on him and that viewers “can make their own minds up without the spin, bias and twisting of the metropolitan liberal elite journo”.
Marriott, meanwhile, has since commented further on Robinson by agreeing with another X user who said “there’s just nothing between the ears”.
“After meeting him I also felt he was quite a sad figure. I hope he goes to therapy and stops taking his inner turmoil out on the rest of us,” he wrote.