Johnson and Corbyn fail to land blows in second-rate light entertainment | John Crace

Johnson and Corbyn fail to land blows in second-rate light entertainment | John Crace

Tory and Labour leaders manage an insincere handshake in an S&M dungeon – but little else

Teeth to be pulled. Eyes to be gouged. Throats to be slit. Most people had wisely made alternative arrangements. But there were still at least 4 million masochists for whom the first leaders’ debate was an essential warm-up to I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!. Had Boris Johnson been smothered in a cage full of rats or Jeremy Corbyn been force-fed termites, ITV would have had the surefire ratings winner of the year. Maybe next time.

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