Charlie Stayt shut down by James Cleverly in ‘car crash’ interview ‘Let me answer!’

James Cleverly clashes with host on closing UK borders

James Cleverly MP grew frustrated during his interview on BBC Breakfast this morning. He spoke to Charlie Stayt about the latest measures the government have announced in a bid to help curb the spread of coronavirus from hotspots abroad. When Stayt quizzed the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on potential new coronavirus hotspots, Cleverly hit back, claiming the presenter didn’t give him the opportunity to provide a full answer. 

“Where is the next mutant coronavirus strain coming from?” Stayt asked. 

“I have no way of knowing. What I do know…,” the Foreign Office Minister replied before being interrupted and spoken over by the BBC Breakfast presenter. 

“Immediately let me pick up on that,” Stayt said. “This is a very important point, with respect.”

“You’ve asked a question…,” the minister remarked before the presenter cut him off again. 

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“Let me follow that question up and you’ll have time to answer,” Stayt said. 

“The reason I asked that question that way is you don’t know when the next strain is going to come from, that’s an obvious thing.

“So the obvious conclusion of that is you close the borders to all countries because you don’t know where the strain is coming from.”

Hitting back, the politician said: “You’re trying to tee up a nice little clip-able radio moment but you cut off my answer and if you let me answer in full you’ll understand why our policy is very effective.”

“The UK has one of the global leading genomic research programmes and actually because of that we have a unique offer to the world which is helping scientists around the world identity quickly new strains,” he continued. 

“So, we know where new variations of coronavirus are developing in the world more quickly than we have done up until now.

“That will help us adapt and I think the point you were going to make, that will help us adapt our list of high-risk countries much more quickly and much more responsibly than we have done in the past.

“Rather than, where I think you were going with the next question, which is putting a blanket quarantine on every country in the world.

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“[That] would put significant additional and unnecessary pressure because forcing high-risk restrictions on countries that don’t have a high risk would be an excessive move to take.”

“So the logic of your answer, if I’m following it correctly, is we’re good at finding the virus strains after they’ve got here,” Stayt suggested. 

“So that’s the good bit of this equation, is it? A lot of people would see it the other way around the foot first approach would be you try and stop them from coming in from before.”

Cleverly replied: “No I think you misheard the point. The point I made is we are sharing our research findings, we are sharing our methodology around the world so that the whole world is better at identifying new strains in their own country. 

“So the point is the international scientific community is working together.

“The UK is a leading force in this and I’m very proud that we are because no one is safe until everyone is safe.

“That’s why we are working both on things like that COVAX so that the world can vaccinate itself, on Gavi where we coordinated huge international financial donation programme to pay for vaccines in parts of the world that can’t pay for it themselves. 

“That’s why we’re being very much internationalist in our mindset when it comes to genomic research because we will beat this together and that is why we’re working so hard internationally to beat this virus,” he continued. 

BBC Breakfast viewers took to Twitter to criticise Stayt’s interview technique and blasted the interview a “car crash”.

One tweeted: “Oh dear, another car crash from Charlie! I won’t call it an interview! No wonder his face was pink at the end! I would feel embarrassed if I behaved like he did! What has happened to interviewing, rather than constantly interrupting, it’s not a game!”

“@BBCBreakfast maybe Charlie just reads out what he & the editors want to say and forget interviewing. It makes very unpleasant listening to hear him and interviewee shouting over each other,” another shared. 

A third wrote: @BBCBreakfast Could Charlie State be any more arrogant and rude during the interview regarding hotel isolation. Why why when interviewing a politician can’t presenters be reasonable and polite. Show some respect BBC.”

However, other viewers praised the BBC Breakfast presenter and slammed the minister’s responses.

One wrote: “#jamescleverly car crash interview on #BBCBreakfast this morning! Well done Charlie @BBCBreakfast.”

“I thought Charlie was spot on with that interview. He interrupted when the MP cleverly (see what I did there?) tried to change the subject or waffle to kill time. Well done Charlie,” a second remarked. 

Someone else said: “James Cleverly on #BBCBreakfast really hasn’t got a clue.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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