Conservative Brexit supporter Daniel Kawczynski claimed he had been “promised” Adam Boulton would not raise a former tweet of his during an on-air interview. Mr Kawczynski snapped at the host prompting Boulton to quickly apologise after the presenter brought up the Marshall Plan tweet. Sky’s Boulton read out the Kawczynski’s tweet from earlier this month, before asking “That’s wrong, isn’t it? Britain actually was the biggest recipient…”
The Conservative MP interrupted the Sky News host to correct him on the exact wording of what he wrote, before claiming he had been promised the tweet would not be discussed on the show.
He said: “I was promised you wouldn’t raise that.”
The Sky News host quickly apologised: “Well I wasn’t told that. I’m sorry.
“I just want to clear the air. I didn’t know that I’m sorry.”
Mr Kawczynski replied: “I have got into a lot of trouble over that Marshall Plan tweet.
“What I would say, and I think people have said that really it is difficult for MPs to get everything across in the limited number of characters.
“What I was trying to say, is that I believe the United Kingdom did not benefit as much as other countries because of the huge loans we had to take out during the Second World War, which we only finished paying off in 2007.
“But, if I have caused any offence with that tweet then I apologise.”
The Sky host stepped in asking if the Tory MP agreed the tweet was “factually wrong”.
The Conservative MP accepted Britain “received money under the Marshall Plan”, before adding: “But, the huge loans that she took. And the massive task that she took on by herself to liberate half of Europe out her dearly.
“She has been paying those loans right up until ten years ago.”
Following the interview, Mr Boulton later tweeted: “We do not agree not to raise issues with interviewees @SkyNews as a matter of principle..
“However Mr K claimed such an undertaking had been made. I would not interview him under false pretences either which is why I offered a provisional apology.”
On February 2, Mr Kawczynski wrote: “Britain helped to liberate half of Europe. She mortgaged herself up to eyeballs in process. No Marshall Plan for us only for Germany.
“We gave up war reparations in 1990. We put £370 billion into EU since we joined. Watch the way ungrateful EU treats us now. We will remember.”
The 1948 Marshall Plan initiative saw the US provide more than $12billion in aid to European economies which had been devastated during the war.
Responding to Mr Kawczynski’s claim, BBC’s Andrew Neil tweeted: “Actually, UK got by far the most from Marshall plan – $3.2bn, huge in today’s money, 25% of total and nearly all in grants not loans.
“West Germany got $1.4bn. So less than 50 percent of UK. France got $2.5bn, Italy $1.5bn — more than Germany.”
Published at Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:50:00 +0000