Railway union leader Mick Lynch became the butt of the joke on the BBC’s Have I Got News For You when he appeared as a panelist and was mocked for bringing the country to a standstill.
The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Association (RMT) was on the show on Friday night after being invited along after becoming a media celebrity thanks to his many TV and radio interviews explains why the strikes are held.
In a trailer for the pre-recorded show, Mr. Lynch the bottom of a joke related to the queue to see the late queen lie in state.
Presenter Richard Ayoade told the panel that if Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield had been queuing with the public it would have boosted the numbers falling below record numbers.
Ian Heslop interjected and said: “No, they were a bit down.”
Asked why the numbers were not as high as estimated, Roisin Conaty said it was because of “the internet” and “people who have other things to do like watching it on TV”.
Paul Merton, sitting next to Mr. Lynch on the satirical show, said: “Ironically a live feed.”
Sir. Ayoade continued: “On previous occasions, people have traveled to London from all parts of the country, but it’s a lot harder to travel these days, isn’t it?”
The scare left Mr Lynch, who wore his RMT lapel pin on the BBC show, scrambling in his seat. He didn’t answer as the audience laughed.