Paddy McGuinness surprised Fiona Bruce on Question Time when he disclosed his father’s unorthodox manner of treating a tooth problem.
The former Top Gear host, 50, spoke on tonight’s BBC show with James Daly, the new Tory deputy chair, and shadow secretary of state for health and social care, Wes Streeting.
The panel, led by presenter Fiona, 59, covered a wide range of subjects, including NHS finance and the UK’s dental care problem.
During the presentation, an audience member inquired whether it would be necessary to purchase a set of pliers to do emergency dental work due to the increasing difficulty of enrolling as an NHS dentist patient.
When it was reported that some were forced to extract their own teeth with pliers, Paddy responded, ‘Funnily enough, my dad did that.’
A shocked Fiona, gasped: ‘What?
Paddy explained: ‘He took his own teeth out because he couldn’t get a dentist appointment. This is a few years back, so I know that firsthand.’
The former Take Me Out Presenter quipped: ‘But as someone as a child who was terrified of going to the dentist I’ve got to congratulate the government for getting people queuing up. People can’t wait to get into the dentists now.’
Earlier in Question Time, Paddy addressed the failed Brexit pledge to increase NHS funding by £350 million per week.
He said: ‘Lucky for me, most people know I’m not here for my great political brain. But that didn’t stop Boris Johnson, so that’s alright.
Go Paddy McGuinness 👏👏👏
Asks Tory boy where the famous Brexit bus £350 MILLION a week for the NHS is
Tories decimated the country
Boris is a melt basically
Vote baiting accusations is rich coming from a Tory
— kerry ✊💙Save Our NHS (@hewitson10) February 8, 2024
‘For me, James, you saying to Wes that Sir Keir Starmer is doing anything to get a vote is a bit rich coming from a Tory, let me tell you.
Paddy McGuinness seems better informed than the other panel members while James Daly visibly shrinks when the camera points in his direction.#bbcqt
— Tony Chalcroft (@TonyChalcroft) February 8, 2024
#bbcqt Can Paddy be on every week please.
— sue#NHSLove💙💙💙#FBNHS #GeneralElectionNow (@SueSuezep) February 8, 2024
‘We’re still waiting on the £350million a week Boris Johnson promised us for the NHS.’
After Daly protested that sum has been poured into the NHS, an aghast Paddy remarked: ‘Well where is it? Why is the NHS on its knees if it’s here?’
Paddy continued to press: ‘Why are they going on strike, nurses and doctors, if it’s here? Where is it?’
Tony Chalcroft: ‘Paddy McGuinness seems better informed than the other panel members while James Daly visibly shrinks when the camera points in his direction. #bbcqt.’
Agreeing with Tony, Sue added: ‘#bbcqt Can Paddy be on every week please?”
Louise Scot said: ‘Who knew Paddy was this good with politics? Like him even more.’
Question Time continues on BBC iPlayer at 8pm and BBC One at 10.40pm on Thursday.