Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan unleashed an on-air rant after government officials refused to appear on the show to discuss the UK’s involvement in recent air strikes against Syria.
The ITV breakfast show had attempted to arrange interviews with representatives from the government and the opposition on Monday morning, but had been turned down.
“You gutless, snivelling little wretches,” Morgan said during the programme. “Seriously. You have a duty, you people [officials from the Conservative and Labour parties], to sit here and talk down our camera line about these matters to the British public. And we’re the conduit to do that. You don’t have to sit at home and pretend its not happening, and avoid difficult questions.
“So, shame on you, we’ll keep asking you, and if you keep backing out and keep refusing to come on, because its not right that when this country commits armed forces to warfare, you lot hide away and don’t be accountable.”
On a massively important day for this country neither the Government nor Opposition would put a front bench spokesman up for interview on @GMB this morning.
Shame on you @theresa_may @jeremycorbyn – and all your cowardly, snivelling ministers. #syria
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 16, 2018
However, many viewers pointed out on Twitter that the BBC’s rival show, Breakfast, had secured exclusive access to shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabati.
Hi Piers. I am watching @BBCBreakfast now, and they have the Shadow Attorney General on. So it seems to me that they are choosing @BBCBreakfast over @GMB. That’s just how it should be, why would they talk to you when they could talk to proper interviewers/journalists?
— sparrow_jrs (@sparrow_jrs) April 16, 2018
BBC, Sky and others managed to get interviews today. It's obvious to everyone @piersmorgan that they want to get their message across. Tiresome to be talked over and shouted down. It's embarrassing, bad tv, serious agendas won't be addressed on your show.
— Claire Brodie (@GruochsLegacy) April 16, 2018
On Tuesday morning, Chakrabarti told BBC Radio 4 Today that the government did not meet its own tests for launching an airstrike in Syria over the weekend.
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) April 16, 2018
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