Labour activist boasts of how she berated Michael Gove over Brexit as they both endure airport delay
A Labor activist has boasted of mocking ex-Cabinet Minister Michael Gove about Brexit as they both suffered the misery of a flight delay at a Greek airport.
Candida Jones, an adviser to a Labor colleague, revealed how she attempted to interrogate the Brexiteer for about 15 minutes at Athens International Airport.
The meeting came after she saw Mr Gove standing in line as she was nearly 30 hours late on her family’s flight home from the Greek capital to London.
Ms Jones claimed she had questioned the Tory politician about the UK’s ‘chances’ of leaving the EU, as well as the Vote Leave campaign’s promises.
She insisted she was polite to Mr Gove during their exchange – although she also admitted that the politician had tried to convince her that it was not “appropriate” to interrupt his summer vacation in such a way.
Ms Jones was quick to reveal her chance meeting with Mr Gove at Athens airport while waiting for her easyJet flight home.
She posted on Twitter Sunday evening: ‘I have been told that the problem is a lack of staff due to the pandemic which in the case of the UK is exacerbated by Brexit.’
Alongside a photo of Mr Gove looking at his cell phone, Ms Jones claimed it was “at least some consolation” to find the “arch-Brexiteer” caught “in the same s***show.”
Candida Jones was quick to reveal her chance meeting with Mr Gove at Athens airport while waiting for her easyJet flight home
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The married mother of three posted a series of photos of Mr Gove at Athens International Airport while also waiting for a flight
She later posted another photo of her confronting Mr. Gove as he held a book in his hand.
Ms Jones said she tried to question the politician about the ‘lie on a bus’ – a reference to Vote Leave’s pledge to spend £350m a week on the NHS – as well as a ‘lie’ about potential membership of Turkey from the EU.
“I also told him what I thought of the lie that the rollout of our vaccine is in any way linked to our membership (or otherwise) in the EU,” she added.
The married mother of three, who previously worked as an intern at the European Commission in Brussels, also shared photos of Mr Gove in an ‘endless line’ at Athens airport.
She claimed it was a “perfect metaphor for Brexit.”
After arriving home at 2am today, Mrs. Jones later spoke to the Daily mirror about her exchanges with Mr. Gove.
She revealed how, when questioning Mr Gove about the ‘opportunities’ of Brexit, he cited agricultural reforms and the rollout of Covid vaccines.
“I said, ‘Come on, this is just ridiculous. There’s nothing about EU membership that somehow hindered us from rolling out the vaccine earlier,” she told the paper.
“I said, ‘You’re a smart guy, and know that what you’re telling me isn’t true, and you need to stop treating the British people like we’re stupid.'”
Ms Jones insisted she was “polite” to Mr Gove and claimed he was also “polite but very passive-aggressive” in his response.
“He said, ‘I’m on vacation and this isn’t the right place for this conversation’ – that was the gist of it,” she added.
“I said ‘yes, and I’m on vacation and I’ve been trying to get home for 30 hours!’.”
Although Ms Jones was delayed by nearly 30 hours on her flight, Mr Gove was only delayed by an hour, according to the Guido Fawkes website.
And the former minister doesn’t appear to have been upset by his encounter with a fellow aviator – as he was photographed at 9am this morning in London Gatwick, waiting for a new flight.
Another Twitter account posted a photo of Mr Gove waiting for a flight at London Gatwick this morning
In 2008 Ms Jones wrote a piece for The Guardian newspaper claiming that Tory shadow chancellor George Osborne had “ruined” a day of another Greek holiday.
Mrs. Jones’ confrontation with Mr. Gove isn’t the first time she reveals the details of a Tory politician’s summer vacation.
In 2008 she wrote a piece for the Guardian newspaper in which she claimed Tory shadow chancellor George Osborne “ruined” a day for her and fellow beachgoers in Greece by docking a boat at a pier in Corfu.
She described how children “were hastily helped off the pier and sent to the beach to play” as the boat came in.
I felt ashamed that a typically informal, relaxed and inclusive Greek afternoon was so rudely interrupted by a small, well-organized, organized, English family.
“I recognized George Osborne as he led the way,” she wrote.
The parents continued to scream, causing the Osborne family to rush, but none of them looked back or exhaled the shy apology you’d expect.
Osborne, hearing the protests, simply said to everyone, ‘It’s a pier, that’s what it’s for.’
“He said it out loud, angrily, without looking at anyone whose afternoon he’d ruined.”