It can’t be very often that a BBC Breakfast presenter gets to ‘own’ a Tory minister in the Urban Dictionary-defined way that Charlie Stayt managed yesterday (Friday).
But then, as Mr Stayt reminded Nick Boles during the interview, “This isn’t about a game.”
Tory minister Nick Boles was torn apart on BBC Breakfast on Friday when he tried to defend David Cameron’s failure to reveal offshore funds.
The business minister was told by presenter Charlie Stayt that he was “deluding himself” if he thought that this week’s evasive answers from the Prime Minister did not reflect badly on him.
When Stayt asked whether Cameron “got anything wrong” in the past few days, Boles replied that it was “natural human instinct” for the Prime Minister to deflect the “cacophony of attacks” on his late father.
Stayt said: “Well you must be deluding yourself if you think that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday the way this has come out has reflected anything other than badly on the Prime Minister.
“So on Monday this was a private matter – he wouldn’t speak about it at all. We were told officially ‘private matter’, no comment.
“On Tuesday ‘I have no shares, no offshore trust, nothing like that’. That’s a very clear position.
“Wednesday, ‘the Prime Minister will not benefit in the future’.
“And then finally we get the real story.
“Now you, surely, as a human being, you talked about human instinct earlier on, you can see full well what that looks like. It look like he didn’t tell us the truth in the first place – didn’t give us the whole picture.
“That’s what it looks like and that’s what it feels like.”
Boles replied: “Well you can talk about the process and we are all in this game as our jobs, you and me.”
Stayt interrupted: “This isn’t about a game.”
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