Stephen Doughty – Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – found himself struggling, open-mouthed, trying to defend Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in a Brexit interview today with fiery Piers Morgan on the ITV breakfast show “Good Morning Britain”.
The question was whether Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn IS in favour or IS NOT in favour of a so-called “People’s Vote” (a second referendum on leaving the EU).
Doughty said blandly that the issue should be “put back to the people . Put the deal back to the people”
Piers Morgan retorted “BUT YOUR OWN LEADER DOES NOT AGREE!”
Doughty blustered and said “He DOES agree – that’s what we’ve just said in our conference a few months ago “ [PDN Note: Actually the Labour Party Conference was only last month]
Piers Morgan glared at the unfortunate Doughty and – wagging his finger at him – told him “NO! NO! NO! YOUR OWN LEADER [i.e. Jeremy Corbyn] SAT AT THIS DESK ON THE INAUGURAL GOOD EVENING BRITAIN PROGRAMME – AND WHEN I SPECIFICALLY ASKED HIM THAT QUESTION, HE SAID THAT THERE WOULD NOT BE A SECOND VOTE “.
Piers Morgan’s co-presenter Susanna Reid helpfully chipped in to score her own hit on the hapless Doughty. “He flip-flopped” she said .
Piers Morgan – with Doughty on the ropes – thumped in another verbal body-blow “WAS HE LYING TO US ?”
Doughty could only reply “…our position has changed”.
Piers Morgan went in for the kill …”SO HE LIED?”
Doughty, verbally pinned to the wall, clutched at that familiar last straw, Labour’s answer to everything – another General Election . He said “….As things become clearer …we’d like to have a general election that would be the easiest way to solve it”.
Meanwhile elsewhere today senior Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, said “The call for a second referendum comes from those who lost the first. Will they ask for a third if they lose again?”
Kate Hoey, a Labour MP who campaigned for Leave said: “The People’s Vote campaign is organised by politicians who cannot accept that they lost the referendum. It is a cynical attempt to thwart the decision of the British people and will not be successful.”