After this was filmed Tony Benn wrote in the Gaurdian
"That should be the end of a simple story of an old man being completely fooled by a comedian in a hoax interview – but there was a sequel which showed it all in a very different light.
Lots of young people came up to me in the street, or wrote in to say how much they had enjoyed the programme and how glad they were that I had stood up to him
... In fact, the programmes were exactly what Channel 4 had said they would be - a chance to present politics to young people. Ali G is a very clever man, and I am beginning to wonder if that was what he actually intended to do. If so, perhaps he can help explain New Labour by interviewing the prime minister about the Third Way."