Interviewed by the Daily Telegraph to promote his new TV series Duncan Bannatyne's Seaside Rescue that begins this week on Virgin 1, the Dragon's Den entrepreneur and president of No Smoking Day has made the most extraordinary claim:
‘I want to do more hard-hitting documentaries. I’d certainly like to do more on tobacco because there are still some things the tobacco companies are doing they shouldn’t be doing,’ he says.
Of course, no matter how rich you are, when you start throwing stones at massive corporations, some are returned with interest.
'I did get death threats,' he says. 'Forest [the pro-smoking lobby group] did a website called Ban Bannatyne and there were a couple of death threats on that. But that made me feel, “Yeah, bring it on.” I’m right about this. We’ll keep fighting that war.’
The Forest website doesn't have any comments (death threats or otherwise) so he must be referring to this blog.
I have looked at the "offending" post (entitled Is it time to ban Duncan Bannatyne?) and I can't find anything that resembles a "death threat".
One or two abusive comments, certainly, but nothing more sinister than "I know where Bannatyne likes a good night out. Believe you me he will get the benefit of my wisdom." (Thank you, Dave Atherton.)
If Bannatyne thinks that's bad, I advise him not to read THIS post by Dick Puddlecote.
You can read the full Telegraph article HERE.
PS. Please don't rise to the bait and, well, you know ...
Writing on THIS thread last year Basil Brown expressed a desire to "punch his [Bannatyne's] beady little lights out". Is that a death threat? I'm not sure. I'll keep looking.