The health minister’s reverse ferret after saying she’d stick it on the scientists is a supremely awkward moment
Health minister Helen Whately hasn’t been on Good Morning Britain for a while now after this happened with Piers Morgan.
And maybe she won’t be too keen on Sky News either after this supremely awkward moment talking to Kay Burley this morning.
Me: "You can't stick this on the scientists."
Health Minister @Helen_Whately: "Well I can."
— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) June 9, 2020
Just a minister saying the government could pin the blame on scientific advisers for their handling of the coronavirus in care homes before executing the most awkward of reverse ferrets.
KB: You can't stick this on the scientists.
HW: Well I can because… Well I'm not…
KB: You can stick it on the scientists?
HW: No no no. That's not what I meant to say.
KB: You just said that.
— Joe Pike (@joepike) June 9, 2020
Here were just a few of the things people were saying about it today.
Biggest car crash of a minister for a long time, gets it wrong in almost every interview.
— Jonny Pilcher (@JonnyPilcher) June 9, 2020
Impending boycot of Burley coming up too then?
Can’t have the government being asked difficult questions after all.
— Geoff Wilton (@geoffwilton2) June 9, 2020
Apart from being a bit useless, it's not a great look for Helen Whately to do interviews when she's on the toilet https://t.co/UlrZBytjBM
— John Crace (@JohnJCrace) June 9, 2020
Scientists of the country if you didn’t know already:
Get Ready To Be A Scapegoat.
— RichardCarr (@richardSuncarr) June 9, 2020
Whately is a human shield for the tories. I can’t fathom how somebody like this is a minister. Sad times
— Lee (@flotorant) June 9, 2020
"Don't mention we're going to stick it on the scientists. I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it" pic.twitter.com/tULGBtxtkP
— Robin Flavell (@RobinFlavell) June 9, 2020
And naturally this chap spotted it.
Maybe the minister could go back on GMB to explain exactly what happened?