It’s just a shame the injury was only inflicted metaphorically; This Writer is sure we’d all like to see Morgan’s head roll.
The incident occurred on ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain, where Jeremy Corbyn was attacking the Government over the £4.4 billion cuts to Personal Independence Payments that – we are told – prompted the resignation of former Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
Anybody who saw Corbyn’s barnstorming response to George Osborne’s Budget statement last Wednesday will know that Morgan was talking nonsense, and Corbyn himself did not hesitate to put the hated TV presenter in his place.
The ex-Daily Mirror editor said:
“What the party seems to be crying out for, whether it is on disability payments or Europe, what they are not hearing is you being a big beast in the jungle, smashing your chest and ripping into the Tories. It’s being left to the Tories to do all the ripping for you.
“When you watched even Iain Duncan Smith, the ‘Quiet Man’, roaring like a lion yesterday on television, did a little part of you not think: ‘I’ve really got to stop being so quiet because people are mistaking my quiet nature for a lack of passion and a lack of fire in my belly.’”
But Corbyn rejected the claim out of hand.
“Piers, I’m not clear where you’re getting this stuff from.
“We have stood up to try to defend the worst off in society, the most vulnerable in society. We have attacked this Budget for what it is – at the very core of it is unfairness and injustice within our society. That is what the Tory Party is about. That is what Iain Duncan Smith is about. That is what the Chancellor of the Exchequer is about.
“His Budget unravelled within hours of him presenting it, as his budgets usually do. Duncan Smith then had to resign. It’s time George Osborne considered his position because he’s put forward something that simply does not add up.”
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