White steps in for missing Morgan

There was much spluttering in shirtsleeves over Piers Morgan’s no-show for an interview with Alistair Campbell for his one-man stage show (£15 a ticket, £10 for Labour members; all proceeds from tickets and book sales to the Labour Party).

So up steps The Guardian’s assistant editor, the ebullient and friendly Michael White. It was, you may remember, White who was punched in the face by Campbell (then a Mirror political hack) in 1991.

The day Robert Maxwell drowned White had joked about “Cap’n Bob, Bob, Bob, bobbing” in the Atlantic Ocean. At the time Campbell went mad.

Now it was time for White to vent his spleen at Morgan though: “I’m a late substitute for Piers Morgan. I subscribe to Stephen Fry’s view on Piers Morgan ‒ he said that he would like to have the word ‘countryside’ redefined to mean ‘the act of murdering of Piers Morgan’.”

It’s over to you now Piers ‒ do get in touch via a postcard, mate!

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