A furious Brexiteer ended a heated debate with LBC host James O’Brien by calling him “a muppet” as the pair clashed over no deal Brexit and the now-scrapped Seaborne Freight deal. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s decision to award Seaborne Freight a contract worth £13.8m was received with heavy criticism. Seaborne Freight won the contract to that specified the company was to operate a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend in the event of a no-deal Brexit, despite not having any boats and no experience running a ferry service.
The department has since cancelled the contract however after Arklow shipping, an Irish firm that had backed the company, stepped away from the deal.
The LBC host introduced the caller as Jeffrey who began by insisting that the UK had taken a vote and decided to leave the EU and shouldn’t be afraid of a no deal Brexit.
He continued: “The vote was to leave the EU, not to provide thousands of ships just because people like you think there is going to be Armageddon when we leave the EU.
“Chris Grayling did the deal because any prudent and proper government, whether it be Labour or Conservative, whoever is in government, they have to do what is called a contingency James.”
The LBC host then interrupted to ask that if the Government and Chris Grayling are prudent and proper, why was the deal scrapped over the weekend.
Caller Jeffrey responded: “The deal hasn’t fallen apart James.”
While laughing Mr O’Brien attempted to confirm that the caller believed that the Seaborne Freight deal was still in place.
The caller then complained that the host was speaking over him to which Mr O’Brien said he would interrupt if he continued to lie and get his facts incorrect.
The presenter then insisted that Jeffrey refer him to where he got the information that the deal was still in place as many media outlets had announced the deal was no longer going ahead over the weekend.
The caller responded with surprise and said: “Excuse me, sir?”
Mr O’brien quick wittingly snapped: “You’re excused, now tell me where you’re getting the evidence from.”
“You just said the deal was still in place, the one that was announced on Saturday morning to no longer be in place.
“I’ve been on the air for two hours I might have missed the news.
“Where did you get the information that the deal was still in place.”
The caller Jeffrey continued to avoid the question nine times choosing to rather insult the LBC host’s character and his manners.
After refusing to answer once more the caller said: “You’re a muppet” and hung up the phone.