Charlie Stayt swears on air while allegedly quoting James Cleverly
When speaking with James Cleverly via video link on BBC Breakfast, Charlie Stayt appeared to swear live on air – and it didn’t go unnoticed by viewers at home.
Stayt quizzed the MP on whether he said the word bats*** when describing the Rwanda system.
The BBC presenter asked: “OK as you’re aware, some things attract more attention maybe than they deserve.
“But yesterday in the Commons, you were accused of describing the Rwanda system as bats***. Is that true? Did you say those words?”
Cleverly hesitated before he replied: “Well, that was a claim made of me, not something that I said, but the point is…”
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“So you didn’t say that,” Stayt interrupted as Cleverly tried to continue. “But the point is…
“The point is, look, it’s good for parliamentary theatre. The point that I said is, and I repeat it, the Rwanda scheme is already having a deterrent effect.
“When we operationalize it and when we get those flights taking off, it will have an even greater deterrent effect, and it will be part of the toolkit that is seeing the applications sped up, the returns increased, the number of raids on illegal employment… people employing illegal migrants significantly increased to 70 percent.
This as I say, is an important part of a range of activities cracking down on illegal migration, and it is working.”
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Stayt repeated his question, adding: “I am happy to give you the time to answer the question I just asked you, did you say that word?”
“I certainly don’t remember saying anything anything like that,” the Home Secretary hit back.
“But then the point is, this is a really important part of our plan, which is already working.”
Many fans took to X, formerly known as Twitter to comment on the interview, and while many quizzed whether Charlie swore, others branded the interview a “car crash”.
@dylan6roberts tweeted: “Had to rewind to double-check that Charlie Stayt just said “Bats***” on breakfast TV #BBCBreakfast.”
@acailler echoed: “Charlie Stayt wheeling out the word “bats***” uncensored at 7.42am is wild.”
@TinaDaheley went on: “New Home Secretary James Cleverly asked about claims he called the Rwanda plan “BATS***”.” (sic)
While @BowgettDenise was unimpressed as he stated: “#JamesCleverly your interview on #BBCBreakfast is a complete car crash. Are you really the right person for Home Secretary?”
“Did Charlie just say “Bat s***?” #BBCBreakfast,” @adymarshLFC asked as @CorbettDT replied: “It did actually happen. I thought I was still asleep.” (sic)
Another viewer noted: “Another class @JamesCleverly car crash.”
BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One.
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