Good Morning Britain’s Adil Ray has hit back after a guest suggested the show was not being impartial on its stance on Boris Johnson.
Conservative commentator Alex Deane joined the ITV programme to debate whether the Prime Minister has lost control after a photograph emerged over the weekend of him and 17 staff with wine and cheese ‘during lockdown’.
However, Mr Johnsons stressed yesterday that the scenes simply showed ‘people at work, talking about work’.
Taking aim at the show’s stance, Mr Deane slammed Adil for tweeting jokes about people getting drunk at work and said he had a ‘position of your own’.
He also kicked off at Adil for saying he lost three relatives during the pandemic.
‘I would suggest you not having a position of your own if you’re having a fair debate,’ he blasted.
‘If we’re going to have a fair debate, what I would say is this: You’ve got to be pragmatic. You’re not weighing up the perfect against the bad, you’re weighing up a scenario in which it’s quite sweet.
‘If you think it’s not going as smoothly, anyone who thinks a Tory leadership contest is the better outcome, I think is whistling Dixie.
‘A leadership contest for the Tory party right now would be a disaster.’
Once the programme had given time to Mr Deane to voice his opinion, Adil fired back.
‘Alex look, you’ve had plenty of airtime on here, I’m quite abled and allowed to have a thought and opinion on you and the fact you’ve been invited on the show tells me that we are being impartial,’ he said.
‘We created a debate, and you are here, representing the Conservative voice, but one thing I would say, this division and these attacks on Boris Johnson, aren’t just coming from outside the party.
‘The reason why we’re talking about this is because it’s coming from within the party. We are seeing a rebellion.’
Viewers were divided over the dramatic scenes, with some saying Mr Deane ‘had a point’.
‘You are supposed to remain impartial as a TV channel’, one wrote. ‘I’m with Alex he knows they are a lefty channel.’
‘Well done Alex Deane, you handled yourself exceptionally well. You were absolutely right to call out Adi for making it personal and trying to score points the way he did. You were far more professional than either of the other two, and therefore made your point with dignity,’ added another.
However a third fumed: ‘Alex, it is personal! People were not allowed to attend their loved ones funeral FFS! This bloke’s attitude is absolutely disgraceful. He should be ashamed.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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