Sky News presenter Kay Burley ripped into Labour MP James Murray as he refused to answer her questions over what the public sector should receive above inflation as a pay rise.
Burley was getting increasingly frustrated in an interview with Labour’s Shadow Financial Secretary, James Murray.
She asked Murray how Labour would would do things differently to the current government over a pay rise in the public sector in the Autumn Budget, and asked a simple question, would the pay rise be above inflation?
The Labour MP said the issue was complex and could not provide a clear and simple answer to the question.
Burley asked Murray, “What would you suggest that the public sector should receive above inflation, as a pay rise?”
Murray responded with, “What a responsible government should do and what we would do in Government is sit down with the pay review bodies, with the trade unions and workers and make sure there is a fair pay settlement.
“When the Tory government chose to freeze pay last year, that was wrong.”
Burley pressed hard on Murray and said, “You accept that it should be above inflation?
“Should it be above inflation?
“Just answer the question, should it be above inflation or not?
“If it is not above inflation it is a pay cut isn’t it?”
Then Murray said, “There is a lot of other factors that play into that.
“Not least of which the impact of inflation on the government’s supply chain crisis, this is pushing inflation up.
“What a responsible government would do and what we would do is sit down with the pay review bodies.”
Burley was visibly frustrated with Murray and then started to attack the Labour MP.
A frustrated Burley slammed Murray and asked, “Why can’t politicians give us a straight answer?
“My viewers would be shouting at the telly, why can’t you give us a straight answer?
“It is not complicated, unless it is above inflation pay increase it is a pay cut, it is not that hard.”