Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was out of luck this morning.
Under normal circumstances, Tory ministers expect a free ride when they appear on mainstream broadcasts – afforded an unchallenged opportunity to reel off soundbites and give answers to a different question whenever one is posed that they find uncomfortable.
Not so today on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, when presenter Richard Madeley decided he wasn’t having it when Williamson repeatedly tried to avoid answering an awkward question about his lack of statesmanship in response to the Salisbury poison attack:
Madeley became so frustrated with Williamson’s evasiveness that he repeatedly dragged him back to what he had actually asked – before eventually summarily terminating the interview on the grounds of Williamson’s non-responsiveness.
Williamson’s faces at various points – and his decreasing ability to articulate – were a priceless picture of his consternation at dealing with an interviewer who was actually doing his job and holding him to account, as Madeley made clear, on behalf of his viewers.
Tame presenters and journalists on other stations please take note. Everyone else – enjoy and share.
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