BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt slammed for flag comment
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Robert Jenrick was jeered on BBC Breakfast during an interview by host Charlie Stayt who joked Housing Minister’s Union Jack was “just a little bit small”. Mr Jenrick had opted to have the British flag, along with a portrait of the Queen, in the frame. The remark sparked laughter from co-host Naga Munchetty, but talkRADIO Mike Graham was not amused and told listeners on Friday: “You don’t make fun of a picture of the Queen and a small Union Jack.”
Mr Graham said: “It was all terribly sixth form really, it was really childish.
“I mean this guy is a Minister of the Crown, by all means, give him a tough time and by all means question him, by all means, make fun of his answers.
“But you don’t make fun of a picture of the Queen and a small Union Jack.
“It just seems to me to be everything that is wrong with the BBC.”
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Discussing the row with talkRADIO’s Mark Dolan, he added: “I heard you earlier saying what is it with the British Broadcasting Corporation, they can’t stand the word British.
“The don’t like being British and they don’t like the flag and they don’t like pictures of the Queen.
“They think it is all a bit embarrassing.
“I am sorry this absolutely and utterly horrendous and it the BBC have got any brains they will take these two of the air.”
BBC Breakfast: Charlie Stayt pokes fun at Robert Jenrick's flag
Mr Stayt had concluded his interview with Mr Jenrick with a jab at his patriotic background: “I think your flag is not up to standard size, Government interview measurements.
“I think it’s just a little bit small, but that’s your department really.”
Mr Stayt later added: “You’ll be aware, we’ve seen every day, it’s a stock thing isn’t it?”
Co-host Ms Munchetty, who at one point was forced to put her hands over her mouth, replied: “There’s always a flag.
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“They had the picture of the Queen though. In the Westminster office, I’m assuming.”
Former BBC presenter Andrew Neil also hit out at the pair, referring to the ‘British’ in BBC Mr Neil tweeted: “Sometimes the BBC forgets what the first B stands for.”
Mr Neil’s comment sparked both praise and criticism from other Twitter users.
One commented: “It doesn’t forget it. It actively loathes it.”
Responding to the jab following his BBC Breakfast appearance, Mr Jenrick wrote on Twitter: “We’re always proud to fly the Union Flag at @mhclg.
“It’s a symbol of liberty and freedom that binds the whole country together.”
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