This Morning welcomed frustrated pig farmers onto the show to chat about the current crisis in the meat industry, with presenter Phillip Schofield calling for Boris Johnson to face them on the programme.
The ITV daytime show began proceedings on Thursday by chatting to Yorkshire farming duo Vicky Scott and Kate Morgan, who explained the frustrating circumstances they were finding themselves in due to a lack of skilled butchers, among other reasons.
After the pair had opened up about the situation, labelling Boris a ‘buffoon’ and sharing how desperately they needed the Prime Minister to ‘relax immigration,’ Phillip put out a plea to the man himself.
He said: ‘Of course, he’s always invited on here.
‘If he would like to discuss this, maybe with a couple of farmers… on you come Boris.’
Phil and the ITV show’s resident vet, Dr Scott Miller had spoken moments before about the difficult situation.
The host said: ‘What a knife edge we are on, our entire system is on a knife edge.
‘You stumble a little bit and there’s no petrol, you stumble a little bit and there’s no one to humanely kill the animals, we are right on the knife edge all the time here.’
Dr Scott echoed his comments, responding: ‘We absolutely are and the fact that our Prime Minister is making those kind of comments is basically like a verbal shrug.’
‘That’s not good enough’, he continued. ‘You’re leading the country and you need to lead by example.
‘To snub British farmers who have spent the whole of the lockdown working incredibly hard, throughout that whole thing providing food for the nation and then to be treated like that? That’s disgraceful,’ before Phil urged the PM onto the show.
The farming duo had explained another ongoing issue as a result, with low cost EU meat imports continuing.
‘We need him to put some restrictions on imports, because the really crazy thing about this is we’re still importing meat which doesn’t meet up to our welfare standards,’ Kate noted.
In recent weeks, farmers – particularly those who work in pig farming – have warned there could be a mass cull of 100,000 animals in the coming days, which would be a huge hit for animal welfare standards.
Due to a current shortage of butchers, which was highlighted further by Kate and Vicky, there could be up to 120,000 animals slaughtered and then incinerated as they are unable to go to abattoirs.
Vicky shared: ‘Those pigs are destined to go into the food chain to feed the nation, we have a country where a lot of people are on the poverty line.’
It comes just not long after Johnson snubbed fellow ITV morning programme, Good Morning Britain.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister swiftly walked away from cameras after spotting the show’s political editor Ranvir Singh trying to get him on the show.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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