Guido suspects a lot of viewers will be very jealous of Harry Hill…
Three times Big Phil Hammond was asked on Good Morning Britain whether he thought Brexit was a good idea, and three times he completely dodged the question:
PM: “Do you think Brexit is a good idea?”
PH: “Yes, the British people have determined that we are leaving the EU. Our challenge as a Government…”
PM: “So just to clarify… do you personally believe this is a very good idea for the country and that it will work?”
PH: “I have already answered your question. I’m a democrat, so I believe we should do what the British people have decided…”
PM: “But that’s not what my question is… do you personally, as the Chancellor… believe that this is a good thing for the country that we’re doing, and do you personally think it will be successful and a positive thing for the country…?”
PH: “…Delivering the plan that Theresa May has set out…”
As Theresa May herself said, “you can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit”. How does she expect to be able to do that if her Chancellor doesn’t agree?
— liarpoliticians (@liarpoliticians) 30 April 2018
Brain fade moment for Diane Abbott, who was repeatedly unable to answer whether Labour would deport illegal immigrants on Good Morning Britain:
“All I can say to you Piers is that anybody watching the programme this morning will be surprised that you don’t want to talk about the immediate plight of the Windrush generation… The logical fallout from the state the immigration and nationality department is in is to try and work towards an immigration and nationality department which is much more fair and much more efficient and this is something I’m working on the nuts and bolts of.”
Remember when Diane was accusing Amber Rudd of not being across the details?
Red-cheeks and a lot of huffing and puffing on the Good Morning Britain sofa today…
Principled feminist Ewan McGregor pulled out of a TV interview with Piers Morgan this morning, tweeting: “Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch.” Worth recalling a different interview McGregor was entirely happy to give: fawning over film director Roman Polanski, who was famously jailed for the rape of a 13-year-old girl whom he drugged and sodomised. McGregor said he was “upset” for Polanski, claiming the convicted child abuser is “not a danger to society in any way“. Polanski is the cause of justified outrage for feminists, so much so that only today he was today forced to step down from hosting the French Oscars in disgrace. Ewan’s record means he is hardly a great addition to the sisterhood…
Jeremy Corbyn has entirely predictably backtracked on the overnight briefing saying he would ditch his commitment to free movement. Speaking to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, he clarified that “If the EU says access to the single market requires freedom of movement I would say… economically we’ve got to be able to trade with Europe”. In other words that Britain should prioritise the single market over controlling borders. He then told Today he would not end the “right to travel”, also known as free movement, adding “We’re not saying anyone couldn’t come here”.
As of last night Corbyn was saying “Labour is not wedded to freedom of movement for EU citizens”, this morning he’s ultimately saying he would keep free movement. When Labour sent out the speech excerpts outlining the tougher line on immigration, it was inevitable that Corbyn wouldn’t stick to it. What will he say in his speech? Find out at 3pm…
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) July 18, 2016
Both Michael Fallon and John Whittingdale made pre-referendum bets that, should Cameron lose the vote, he wouldn’t resign. Now Piers is calling in his bets, promising to donate the winnings to charity. Pay up, Fallon…
People occasionally ask Guido, with a sense of foreboding, when will the pundit and polling analyst Dan Hodges do his naked Brexit run? Guido will be negotiating the time and location with the sagacious streaker this week. Stay tuned…
UPDATE: Piers wants Guido to remind Whitto as well:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 18, 2016
Sky News won the battle of the producers to book ministers for their programmes in April. The usually minister-heavy Today Programme drops out of the top three for the first time, while Newsnight rises up the rankings. Marr features a minister a week. The whole of ITV (The Agenda, Good Morning Britain, and ITV News) managed to get just three ministers in the entire month. Overall there were 44 ministerial broadcast appearances in April, expect that to ramp up when the referendum campaign gets going…
“I think that Britain will separate from the EU. I think that maybe it’s time – especially in light of what has happened with the craziness that’s going on, with the migration, with people pouring in all over the place – I think that Britain will end up seperating from the EU.”
“I know nothing about him really. I see him, he looks like a great character and is probably a nice guy, and maybe he thinks politically it’s popular [to oppose Trump]”
“I love the UK, I think it’s an amazing – just one of my favourite places in the world – I love the people… I just think that if I become president, I know that we’re going to have a fantastic relationship…I think the relationship will be better, actually much better, and much stronger than it is right now.”
Preparing the ground for a 2020 Trump/Boris love-in?
In his first UK interview since running for President, Trump talks ISIS, Brussels, David Cameron, and his unpopularity in the UK. Piers is a friend and fan…
Yesterday Guido brought you Minister Media Monitor, our new resource monitoring ministerial broadcast appearances. As Craig Oliver implements a “one minister a day” policy, the battle is on between producers to land a government spokesman for their programme. In February Sky News and the World at One were the most successful at getting ministers on, followed by the Today programme and Question Time. Piers Morgan only granted one minister a spot on Good Morning Britain. The full numbers show just how few ministers Downing Street authorises to go on the airwaves, another key decline in accountability…
Piers: Do you want a bet? Let’s have a bet John. I’ll bet you £1,000 to charity that if you guys win, and you may well, David Cameron has two hopes of remaining Prime Minister: no hope and Bob Hope. There’s my hand. For charity?
Whitto: Alright, go on then.
Piers: £1,000 that David Cameron is still Prime Minister after losing the referendum. We’ll see what happens. We’ll get you back on the sofa for when you pay up.
By contrast Owen Paterson suggested on Westminster Hour last night that Dave would have to go…