WATCH: Kay Burley interview with rail striker quickly turns bizarre on Sky News
"Your questions are verging into the nonsense."
People are praising UK transport union boss Mick Lynch for his "brilliant answer" during a Sky News interview about the continued strikes and the chaos it has caused.
As the biggest UK rail strike in 30 years approaches, many commuters are wondering how the hell they are going to get to work. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) has been rigid in their viewpoint, taking a stand against "pay freezes, threats to jobs and attacks on their terms and conditions".
Discussing the strikes on Sky News on Tuesday (21 June), RMT boss Lynch spoke with Kay Burley, and the resulting interview is a little difficult to watch.
"The government is saying that they are going to bring in agency workers; my question to you is, I'm guessing that some of your member's will stay on the picket lines?" Burley questioned. "What will they do if those agency workers try to cross the picket lines?"
"Well we will picket them, what do you think we'll do?" Lynch responded. "Do you not know how a picket line works?"
Burley continued: "I very much know how a picket line works, I'm much older than I look. "What will picketing involve?"
A rather confused Lynch turned to look at picketers behind him before turning back to the camera to question: "You can see what picketing involves."
"I can't believe this line of questioning," he adds before providing a rather standard definition of picketing.
Well done to Mick Lynch for his handling of this line of questioning. He could see what #KayBurley was trying to do. I could see what Kay Burley was trying to do. And he wasn't having any of it.
Oh, and solidarity to all @RMTunion members on strike today!✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/L0TQBPZ2g9
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) June 21, 2022
Things get considerably more tense as Burley and Lynch continue in circles, with the Sky News presenter evoking the 1980s miner strikes.
"I'm sorry you feel the need to ridicule me," Burley snapped back after Lynch suggested she was living in the surreal.
ladies and gentlemen, the British media https://t.co/Z9FRtvUmK9
— nathan thanki (@n_thanki) June 21, 2022
"Your questions are urging into the nonsense," he replied.
While Burley maintained that she was simply asking questions for the "great British public", it did seem that she was edging towards a point. Unfortunately, she never quite got there.
What does she expect him to say? 'We'll knock them out clean'? https://t.co/37v5TUPxHZ
— M (@MJG1889) June 21, 2022
The vague questioning tactic was not missed by Lynch, who continued to question her motives but ultimately, the interview ended in a series of fake smiles and a visibly frustrated Burley.