Russell T Davies: It's A Sin writer delivers his best lines yet in devastating anti-Tory acceptance speech
Davies took aim at the Conservatives as he took to the stage at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards
Russell T Davies gave the Tories a piece of his mind while accepting an award, comparing them to "rabid wounded dogs".
The It's A Sin writer, 59, took to the stage at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards on Sunday night to collect another gong for his multi-award winning drama about gay men living through the HIV/AIDS crisis in the eighties.
Footage of the ceremony which aired on Wednesday evening showed Davies criticising the government's plans to sell Channel 4. He likened the government to a "wounded dog" that "bites everyone", warning that "the things the Tories say they'll do, they'll do".
Davies, from Swansea in Wales, said: "I’d also like to say while I’ve got this stage, [It’s A Sin] was made by Channel 4.
"Public service broadcaster, dedicated to making this sort of programme. We know the government has said they are going to sell that off… I know the government is wounded at the moment, it’s like a wounded dog and a wounded dog bites everyone and rabies will spread. It’s still in danger.
"They said they are selling Channel 4 and they’ve said they’re stopping the licence fee by 2027 and we have to realise the things the tories say they’ll do, they do, they’re very good at that. We’re full of doubt, they’re not, they will do this. This is wrong.”
The writer, who is also returning as the showrunner for Doctor Who, then shared his warning to Tory voters watching in the audience and at home.
"Please know, you are voting for murderers, bastards, abusers, and lies," he said.
Russell T. Davies's acceptance speech for IT'S A SIN at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards took precisely zero prisoners. pic.twitter.com/VpX13NGg9X
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Davies' warning comes as Tory chiefs continue to fight to become the next PM following Boris Johnson's recent resignation.
Rishi Sunak has been the front-runner of the first two rounds of voting, followed by Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugenhat. Nadhim Zahawi, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, and Suella Braverman have so far been eliminated.
The result will be announced on September 5.
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