Good Morning Britain viewers have praised Gary Neville after he put Edwina Currie in her place during a lively discussion on the TV show.
The former footballer and the ex-politician both joined the show via video link to talk about the Universal Credit cut, which comes into force today.
Neville was not impressed with Currie’s comments about the topic as she claimed people should be trying to get a job instead of relying on benefits.
Currie told Susanna Reid and Alastair Campbell: “What we have to realise is we’ve got something like a million vacancies being advertised in this country, it doesn’t make any kind of sense to pay people to stay at home.”
She added: “There’s 30 million people out there who are listening to me as I say, ‘the best benefit is a job’. The economy needs people to get into work.”
40 per cent of Universal Credit recipients are in work, but on wages not enough to live on.
And Gary was quick to respond to Currie’s comments.
He hit back: “Well, let me just translate what Edwina has just said for people up and down the country because it’s a message Conservative MPs have been entrenching in our minds for a long time.
“The first thing that Edwina said was ,’I’m okay here, we’re okay here’, which is the first thing a Conservative MP does, they look after themselves.
“The next thing she said was, ‘go and get a job, get off your backsides you lazy sods. Stop watching Good Morning Britain and go and get a job’.”
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Gary continued: “I trust the population of this country, I work on the theory that people at home aren’t sitting there lazy, they really want a good job, they really want good pay, they really want their mental health to be sorted.
“To me the language is always divisive, it’s not helpful. It’s really dangerous, we’re one team in this country, we’re one group of people.
“Honestly, to remove Universal Credit payments at this moment in time is brutal. Let’s be clear, it’s brutal,” he added.
Edwina fired back: “I’m hoping the next job he takes is to stand for parliament…I’m not sure how good he is as a footballer.”
Gary didn’t let the dig bother him and was heard saying: “Not that good actually.”
He later mocked Edwina for suggesting people could train to be a chef in a short space of time.
“You can’t train to be a chef in five minutes by the way,” he told her, but this led her to suggest that you can train to be a kitchen porter.
“For you to say someone should go and be a kitchen porter is just ridiculous!” Gary told her.
“It’s a scandal, for you to say that someone should go and be a kitchen porter. You go and be a kitchen porter. You wouldn’t do it herself so why would you go and ask someone else to do it!”
GMB viewers were delighted with the way in which Neville handled Currie’s comments.
“The excellent Gary Neville destroying the vacuous Edwina Curry and the Tory record on #GMB,” one person posted.
A second tweeted: “Gary Neville on @GMB hit the nail on the head and just owned Edwina Curry.#garyforPM #GMB.”
A third person added: “Gary Neville’s coming across very well against a former government minister #GMB.”
Someone else posted: “Yeah you tell her Gary Neville #GMB,” while another added: “YES Gary Neville! putting Edwina Currie in her place on #GMB He’s right, cutting UC at this point in time is BRUTAL.
“And her advice? “Just go and be a kitchen porter!” Unbelievable. Her opening statement “well WE’RE doing VERY well here” just sums up the mentality.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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