Good Morning Britain viewers praised Ed Balls for “calling out” government minister Dominic Raab on the show on Wednesday.
The pair became embroiled in an on-air clash of sorts, due to their differing views on windfall tax – as Raab took aim at the Labour party, which Ed is a former member of.
Ed and co-host Susanna Reid were questioning the Justice Secretary over the recent backlog of passport applications in the UK, before moving on to the cost of living crisis.
It’s then that Raab called out the proposed introduction of a windfall tax on oil and gas by Labour, with Ed questioning his comments – only for his “Labour credentials” to be brought up in a dig.
But viewers backed Ed’s responses to Raab who continually commented on Labour and Ed’s political background, as Ed reminded him that a similar tax was once also introduced by the Conservatives some time ago.
Initially the presenter and former politician asked Raab about the passport backlog, asking: “Isn’t it the job of ministers to see ahead and plan for these things, and don’t you think that’s what you would have done if you were in charge of this policy area?”
After smirking, he responded: “You can tell you’re a former Labour politician Ed, but…”
He then went on to discuss the priorities ahead with the backlog and different government departments, as well as other areas needing to be looked into.
Ed later asked: “When we were last talking on this programme Mr Raab, which I think was back at the end of January, then we were talking about a number of issues, including what was happening to inflation and to energy prices.
“And that was five or six weeks before the budget. Does it slightly feel as though you had the cabinet discussion on the cost of living a bit late?
“And were you one of those people who in retrospect or maybe prospectively agreed with other colleagues of yours in parliament, that the National Insurance tax rise, planned last year, turned out to be poorly timed?
“I know there’s a number of people who think it should have been postponed including in the cabinet, were you one of those voices?”
As Susanna nodded her head along in agreement, Raab could be seen looking unimpressed before soon making another comment about Ed’s political background.
He said: “Well first of all we have cabinet discussions on the cost of living very regularly, and sub committees of cabinet that look at it.
“As I’ve said we’ve got a £22 billion package of support, but it’s right we continue to look at other areas.
“The one thing I wouldn’t do [is] have a windfall tax on oil and gas, because as you know it would hike bills and cut supply and investment in supply, particularly for transitional messages as we go through these difficult time.”
Ed interrupted him, saying: “But the Labour government had a windfall tax in 1997, the Conservative government had a windfall tax on the banks of 1981.
“That’s not a party or political issue, that’s something you do when there’s been a big hike in prices and profits and you want to deliver something for consumers. Is it really such a bad idea?”
Raab said: “Sorry Ed I think your political credentials are coming out. I think it’s a crazy idea.”
As Ed repeated the fact the Conservatives had used it previously, Raab told him: “Is this is a party political broadcast for the Labour Party or do I get a chance to respond to the question?”
Ed continued to respond over him as Susanna looked baffled by the guest’s response, with Ed saying: “We’ve got to put the record straight there.”
Raab then brought up unemployment when Labour had been in office, calling out their handling of the economic crisis – again repeating he believed it was the wrong thing to have a windfall tax.
But viewers were not impressed with the interview, and backed Ed for calling out Raab’s comments on the show as they took to Twitter throughout.
One viewer commented: “@edballs running rings around @DominicRaab on @gmb this morning #gmb,” as another said: “Nice to see Ed Balls rinse Raab on #GMB.”
A third added: “Well done #EdBalls on #GMB giving #DominicRaab a mauling. We need him back in parliament asap.”
Another comment read: ” Dominic Raab being properly called out by Ed Balls on GMB.”
The feedback kept coming too, with a tweet reading: “Well done Ed Balls.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.