Michael Gove gives interview in Scouse accent, telling people to calm down

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Michael Gove was under fire when he put on at least three bizarre impressions – including a Scouse accent to tell people to "calm down".

The Levelling Up secretary was today quizzed by a BBC Breakfast presenter on whether there would be an emergency budget to ease the cost of living crisis.

While denying the rumours of an imminent emergency budget, the cabinet minster said: "The Prime Minister was making the point we are constantly looking at ideas to relieve the pressure on people facing incredibly tough times."

Then he starts to wave into an accent as he continues: "But that doesn’t amount to an 'emergency budget'."

Mr Gove carries on and accuses journalists of "chasing their own tails" with regards to the rumour.

In an attempted American accent, he calls on the commentators for trying to turn Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comment "a major, capital letters, big news story!"

He used a Liverpudlian accent, impersonating Harry Enfield’s Scouser impression, to suggest people “calm down” over the lack of extra financial support before the autumn budget.

The minister faced heavy criticism on Twitter as viewers felt angry over his "ignorance".

One said: "Michael Gove thought he was coming across as funny during that BBC interview earlier on but he actually came across as a complete and utter a***.

"Households struggling with the cost of living want to know what more the UK government is going to do to help them."

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A second called it a "car crash interview", joking: "He needs a software update."

"This is comedy gold," a third added before suggesting: "The word 'Colombian' is trending after his interview though."

A fourth added: "Michael Gove's interviews are not to be sniffed at."

Mr Gove later appeared on ITV's This Morning show to answer more questions on whether to remove VAT on energy bills.

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