Starmer vs. Johnson: Who did best against Susanna Reid?
Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have both grappled with painful interviews as they try to hold their own ahead of Thursday’s local elections in the country.
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The Prime Minister squirmed under a forensic examination by Good Morning Britain (GMB)’s Susanna Reid on Tuesday, who was quick to remind viewers that Johnson had refused to come on ITV’s flagship breakfast program for a combined 1,791 days – apparently as Responding to harsh criticism from former co-host Pier Morgan above that Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This morning it was the opposition leader’s turn in the GMB hot seat, just a day earlier Great Britain goes to the polls. Keir Starmer raised questions about his attendance at a beer and curry night in Durham last year that involved some Conservatives insist on breaking Covid laws.
Johnson ‘showed no compassion’
Had Johnson expected a “gentle discussion about holiday plans and favorite colors” as a “warm-up” for the speech he was later to deliver Ukrainian ParliamentHe must have been very disappointed that Reid “brought her A-game,” said Tim Stanley The Telegraph.
Reid addressed the Cost of Living Crisis by asking Johnson about the plight of Elsie, a 77-year-old pensioner whose energy bills have gone from £17 a month to £85 a month, forcing her to eat just one meal a day to save money and hers “Freedom Bus Pass to stay on buses all day to avoid using energy at home”.
“What else would Elsie reduce?” Reid asked. Johnson replied, “I just want to remind you that I introduced the 24-hour Freedom bus pass.”
It sounded like he was implying “Elsie’s cup of cyanide was half full,” Stanley said, before the prime minister “opined that the lady really needs a vibrant economy that produces ‘high-paid, high-skilled jobs'”.
It’s a “real giveaway,” John Crace wrote in The guard. The Prime Minister showed no “sympathy” for Elsie and people like her, nor any “sense of duty or responsibility to the country he professed to serve”. Rather, he only shows “the merit of enabling pensioners to keep warm at the expense of the bus company”.
And although Johnson introduced 24-hour Freedom Passes in 2009, “they have been paid for by London City Councils and not by the Greater London Authority, which is run by the Mayor of London, since the 1980s,” he added full factwhich fact-checked the points made by the Prime Minister on the programme.
Starmer stands in front of the “Beergate” cricket
Today it was Starmer’s turn to squirm as he faced the questioning of Reid and Richard Madeley in the so-called Beer Garden Row. The Labor leader was photographed drinking beer at a meeting with Labor officials at a constituency office in Durham on a Friday night in April last year.
Starmer “finally confirmed” that Durham Police had not come forward about the event after repeatedly “dodging” the question yesterday, he said Daily Mail. And he looked “extremely uncomfortable” as he “could not deny that dozens of people were present,” the newspaper said.
He was “clearly frustrated” as he recounted the events of the night, with Reid saying that the group had been “out and about” in the run-up to last year’s election and that “restaurants and pubs were closed, so takeaways really were the only way you could eat”.
“So that was brought in and at various points people would go through the kitchen and get a plate, eat some food and get on with their work,” he told the show.
Reid didn’t seem “convinced” by Starmer’s answer, Harry Lambert said The new statesmanand compared Starmer’s account to Johnson being allegedly “ambushed by cake” while working at Downing Street.
“In reality,” it was the Prime Minister who “presided over a months-long culture of rule-breaking in No. 10 and was fined by the police,” and thus their “positions are not comparable,” Lambert argued. But by withholding information about the evening until now, Starmer “seems to have unnecessarily sidelined himself.”
The Labor leader “also tried to refute claims by Madeley” that his party had forged an alliance with the Liberal Democrats in the south-west by fielding a third fewer Labor candidates in the region ahead of local elections, the said Daily express. The Labor Party “is actually fielding more candidates in this election than any other party (and) more than in many years,” Starmer said.
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