Kay Burley just empty chaired Tory party chairman James Cleverly and it’s glorious
Sky News were expecting Tory Party chairman James Cleverly on the Kay Burley show today but he didn’t turn up. So Kay Burley empty chaired him and it’s fair to say she went for it. She really went for it.
“And yet we have an empty chair”
Pretty devastating rundown of Tory blunders by @KayBurley while party chairman James Cleverly is 15ft away and refusing to come on air
— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) November 6, 2019
Just beautifully done. And what they should do to every politician who fails to turn up (although that could be a lot of empty chairs on our screens …)
Just in case you wondered why Cleverly didn’t appear, then it might have something to do with the morning he’s had so far.
-Tory Party Chairman James Cleverly:
Apologises for Rees-Mogg
Apologises for candidate said poor people should be 'put down'
Tries to explain faked video
Says he has confidence in Minister caught in collapse of rape trial
-And it's not 9am@BBCr4today
— Paul Johnson (@paul__johnson) November 6, 2019
Or it might have been this.
apparently James Cleverly agreed to go on the @KayBurley show but didn’t specify a time….he got empty-chaired when he refused to go on air “at that moment”….if so….curious
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) November 6, 2019
Anyway, here are just a few of the things people were saying about it.
James Cleverly has given his best media performance to date. He’s really growing into the role. pic.twitter.com/xomCHE6iD8
— Leonardo Carella (@leonardocarella) November 6, 2019
how is this still the best interview the Tories have done all week
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) November 6, 2019
To conclude …
“Rees-Mogg’s remarks were isolated incident” says James Cleverly
Other “isolated incidents” yesterday:
Bridgen backs Rees-Mogg
Cabinet member backs man who sabotaged rape trial
Hiding report re Russian interference
Trying to use civil service against Labour
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 6, 2019