Senior Tory had endured a number of tough interviews with other broadcasters over Rees-Mogg’s appalling Grenfell comments
In a remarkable video – on the day the Tories officially launch their general election campaign – Sky News presenter Kay Burley ‘interviewed’ an empty chair after James Cleverly chickened out moments before he was due to appear on her programme.
Cleverly had already faced some probing questions from other broadcasters about appalling comments by Jacob Rees-Mogg about the Grenfell Tower victims and the subsequent justification by colleague Andrew Bridgen, as even the BBC observed this morning:
And it seemed that Cleverly ‘bottled it’ when it came to facing a grilling by Burley. As the Sky presenter stated to viewers, Cleverly had not failed to make it to the studio. Instead, he was sitting about fifteen feet away, refusing to appear on camera – even though he had said he was willing.
And rather than cover for him, Burley simply ’empty-chaired’ the cowardly Tory and told her audience what she would have asked him:
The Tories’ campaign launch has already been a disaster and it’s not even lunchtime.
Still, at least the chair talked less rubbish than Cleverly and viewers escaped another dose of his droning defence of the indefensible.
And how ironic that the most abject failure of the day so far has been an attempt to defend Tory claims Rees-Mogg would have survived the Grenfell blaze because he’s cleverer – by the inaptly-named and cowardly Mr Cleverly.
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