Gary Neville mocks Boris Johnson ‘a spaghetti bolognese of a man’ on Good Morning Britain

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Gary Neville on Good Morning Britain (ITV)
Gary Neville on Good Morning Britain (ITV)

Gary Neville likened Boris Johnson’s appearance to a “bit of a spaghetti bolognese” during a fiery TV clash.

The ex-Manchester United legend, 46, argued with former Tory MP Edwina Currie as they discussed the Universal Credit cut on Good Morning Britain.

During the row, Mr Neville slammed Mr Johnson’s “scruffy” appearance and compared him to spaghetti.

He said: “Boris Johnson, to me, isn’t good enough really to be Prime Minister of this country, if I’m being basic.

“He’s a bit of a spaghetti bolognese of a man - he looks scruffy, each of his sentences and speeches are almost like a strand of spaghetti - you have no idea where it starts, and you certainly have no idea where it ends, and yet he’s popular.

Edwina Currie and Gary Neville clash on ITV (ITV)
Edwina Currie and Gary Neville clash on ITV (ITV)

“And if you look at a menu and you’ve sort of got a waiter or a waitress on your shoulder asking you to make a choice and you have to make a panicky decision, you end up going for your spaghetti bolognese and we need really good alternatives to the spaghetti bolognese.”

He hit out at Currie for suggesting people should get a job rather than relying on Universal Credit on the day it was cut for the most vulnerable living in poverty.

The former junior health minister said: “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. 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.”

Neville responded: “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’.”

Removing the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift has been widely opposed by charities, unions, think tanks and leaders from across the political spectrum.

The Government has said the uplift was always intended to be temporary, has helped claimants through the toughest stages of the pandemic and it is right to focus on its jobs plan.

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