Matt Frei's Funny Take On Politics' Sexism Row
12 September 2016, 09:17
Matt Frei has dismissed Emily Thornberry's claims that an interviewer was sexist for asking her the name of foreign politicians.
Asked by Nick Ferrari if he had ever caught a politician out, Matt responded: "You never really ask these direct factual questions.
"Perhaps we should do that more often - you know, who runs the Mexican milk marketing board? You don't know? Who is the interior minister of Liechenstein?
"There was this wonderful exchange yesterday between Dermot Murnaghan on Sky and Emily Thornberry, the shadow Foreign Secretary, where he asked her who was the French Foreign Minister and she didn't know.
"She then went on the offensive, on the defensive offensive, and basically said you're sexist you would never have asked a man a similar question.
"Actually that's wrong because in 2011, I didn't know this, I had to read up on it but I did my homework on it, Dermot Murnaghan asked Alan Johnson, who was then the shadow Chancellor, what the national contributions for National Insurance were from employers and he didn't have a clue. Which I guess he should have had at the time. So Dermot likes to dole out the flak, gender blind.
"The other question he asked was who is the president of South Korea and she didn't know the answer to that.
"Now I have to say she was missing a bit of a trick there because with South Korea you can be pretty damn sure that any President is either going to be called Kim or Park. So it's a bit like red and black in roulette. It's a fifty-fifty chance."
And he's right - the South Korean preseident's name is Park Geun-hye.