GMB viewers slammed guest host Ed Balls over unprofessional presenting skills

Good Morning Britain fans slammed guest presenter Ed Balls for his “unprofessional” presenting skills on the beloved morning show, with many labelling him “useless”.

During Tuesday’s visit to the ITV studios, the former politician replaced Richard Madeley during his well-deserved break, as the host welcomed viewers back to the show alongside his co-host Susanna Reid.

One of the biggest stories on everyone’s lips was the ongoing leadership of Prime Minister Liz Truss who found herself in the news following the backlash over benefits squeeze and public spending cuts.

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As the pair discussed the government’s mini-budget U-turn, which the former Shadow Chancellor compared to the 1992 Black Wednesday – when the government were forced to withdraw sterling from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

Ed explained: “There’s a piece by John Curtis the polling expert in one of the papers this morning, making the comparison that when you have these stories – in the Daily Mail on page four, cost of home loans near six percent in fallout for the Mini-Budget.

“People experience in their own lives what is happening to interest rates, their worries about their mortgage or pensions. John Curtis was saying that the parallel here is the days after Black Wednesday in 1992.

“People saw the threat of interest rates going to 15 percent and that materially shifted the government’s reputation for economic competence and people’s decision about how they’re going to vote in the general election.”

For an expert point of view on the political climate, the presenting duo welcomed journalists Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce onto the show.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star continued: “John Major never recovered from Black Wednesday and what they did to the polls.

“So the question I think, for the two of you is this, are these things the equivalent of the days after Black Wednesday?

“Is this a decisive shift or is it possible for Liz Truss in her speech tomorrow, and in the coming weeks and months to recover from these headlines in a way John Major was unable to?”

In response to his question, Andrew argued: “You have to remember on Black Wednesday, it happened when we were in the Liberal Democratic conference and they carried on with their stupid debate on animal cruelty even though the country was imploding.

“We came tumbling out of something called the Exchange Rate Mechanism, which we should never have gone into in the first place. Interest rates went up five or six percent in one day – shocking.

“I had a mortgage and I thought, ‘Well if this carries on I’m going to give my keys back to the building society’. It’s not as bad as that in my view, but people are going to face a real hardship as they try and pay their mortgages because mortgage rates are going up.”

However, Kevin took a different view as he pointed out: “That budget is still, take away the 45p tax cut, it’s still a budget for the rich.

“The Resolution Foundation showed the top five percent of people – the richest five, will still get an average in their household of £3,500. The bottom 20 percent, the poorest 20 percent, will get £90!”

Andre interrupted with: “Labour are backing most of it!” as Kevin continued: “40 times less!” as he pointed out the current situation is “a pivotal moment in politics” that the Conservatives will struggle to recover from.


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Fans soon flooded to Twitter to share their frustrations at the journalists’ arguments on the show.

One user penned: “You can see why Ed Balls never made it in politics, he is useless as a presenter. Why can’t we have professionals?”

Another agreed: “Eddie and Susanna constantly bullying the government is so unprofessional. Presenters should not be biased in any way if they want to be professional.”

A third quipped: “I turned onto Sky news accidentally today, but what a relief not to hear GMBs presenters and guests.”

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