BBC PRESENTER Charlie Stayt had the tables turned on him today during a fiery spat with Dominic Raab over the fuel crisis.
The Breakfast host tried to wrongfoot the Deputy PM by quizzing him on the extent of sky-high pump prices.
But after answering the question correctly, the Tory began grilling Stayt and hit back: "I’m just checking how in touch you are".
A tense row then blew up over whether the presenter was trying to embarrass him live on TV.
Stayt insisted he was not trying to smear him as out of touch, but fed-up Mr Raab lashed back: "But that's what you were going for Charlie, come on".
The Deputy PM had said the price of a litre of unleaded petrol at his local forecourt was 165 for a litre.
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When Stayt insisted it was higher, the Cabinet Minister replied he was just recounting his last time at the pumps this week.
Stayt responded: "And you’ll know very well Dominic Raab that what's happening in the real world is that people try and deal with things, and those pump prices as you go past them, they go up by the day, so I'm just trying to get a handle on it..
Mr Raab lashed back: "Charlie what’s a litre of unleaded… you tell me what’s a litre of unleaded today?
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Stayt said: "Well, I can tell you that for example, the highest price I've seen recently, my own experience is that a service station on the M6, diesel was selling for 199.9"
The Minister probed: "Is that unleaded?", and Stayt said: "No that’s diesel."
Mr Raab then laid in: "I’m just checking how in touch you are because last time I filled up it was 165, 167. What’s the last litre of unleaded?
After Stayt admitted that was the correct price, the deputy PM declared "So I was right."
Relations between the BBC and Government are already fractious after a series of dust-ups in recent years.
Ministers are also threatening to pull the Corporation's source of funding in a review of the licence fee.
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