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Piers Morgan is no match for slick Rishi Sunak

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Gold wallpaper? All gone. That was the first big revelation of Piers Morgan’s interview with Rishi Sunak to mark the PM’s 100th day in No. 10. Every trace of Boris’s trailer-trash décor has been replaced with squeaky-clean white visuals.

Piers and Rishi went head-to-head in a characterless kitchen-diner that looked like the show-home of a new-build flat in Milton Keynes. Piers got straight down to business and raised the issue that obsesses the entire nation: himself. He boasted that he’d reached No. 10 long before Rishi when he interviewed Tony Blair many years ago; he recalled that the Blairs had a singing fish nailed to the wall that crooned, ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy,’ at the touch of a button. 

‘What’s your mantra?’ he asked. 

Rishi said that was a question for his wife and he added, ‘she doesn’t sing “Don’t Worry, Be happy”, although we do love Bob Marley.’ Piers let that pass – or perhaps he didn’t spot it. The song was written by Bobby McFerrin.

Rishi dealt easily with Piers’s strange queries

Rishi is slick but not slippery. He’s comfortable answering intrusive questions about his personal tastes. He can discuss Southampton and Arsenal like a real football fan. He admitted to playing with Star Wars light sabres and belting out karaoke versions of ‘Ice, Ice Baby’. None of it sounded bogus. He’s an immensely difficult man to dislike and he dealt easily with Piers’s strange queries about how he proposed to his wife. 

‘On bended knee?’ asked the great political commentator. 

‘Yes.’

‘You’re stinking rich aren’t you?’ 

‘I’m financially fortunate.’ 

‘Are you a billionaire?’

‘I’m not going to get into that.’ 

Piers quizzed him on immigration, women’s rights and nurses’ pay. And whenever Rishi found himself in a tight corner he resorted to sophistries. He brought up an abstract virtue like ‘compassion’ or ‘humanity’ and re-framed the question on that basis.

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