Andi Peters says Richard Madeley is guilty of ‘wishful thinking’ over equality
13th July 2021

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Andi Peters told his Good Morning Britain colleague Richard Madeley he was guilty of wishful thinking for suggesting quality in the UK was a possibility.

As the ITV breakfast show's stars discussed the vile racist abuse some members of the England football team had been targeted with on social media, Andi explained how it had affected him.

He said of some of the worst comments aimed at Bukayo Saka: "Genuinely, for the first time ever I was quite emotional. How a 19-year-old boy who has done everything for his country can be abused online by people he doesn't know, and I pray he never sees what was online yesterday."

Richard Madeley asked him: "Do you think the fact we're taking time out on programmes like this, do you get the sense that we may be at a watershed moment of opportunity?"


But Andi replied: "I think it's wishful thinking on your part, this tanker of racism is so big, it's so hard to steer, but I genuinely believe this, viewers, my colleagues, we all want change.

"I can talk to you two, I can look down the lens and talk to viewers, but I can't talk to everybody, all I can do is the people I surround myself with, I can educate you, I can make you slightly more sympathetic to the life I've led so that you transfer that onto your kids.

"I don't think I'll see equality in my lifetime."

Richard said: "Just to explain Andi, I wasn't wishful thinking I was just asking the question. I'm an incurable optimist, that's how I'm built, it's in my DNA, I was just wondering for your thoughts on whether we might see a bit of positive movement."


He added: "I know I've been banging on about this, I do truly believe that the grown ups writing this filth need to see the consequences for it. Not just the negative consequences that we're all having to clear up their mess, but the consequences for their behaviour."

Andi agreed: "There should be consequences, eventually I think we'll see change but not for a long time."

As Andi and Susanna Reid both agreed that they didn't feel social media platforms had done enough to remove the racist content quickly enough, Andi added that he had hoped the Government would do more to tackle it.

He said: "There's no doubt the Government could do more. We have the most ethnically diverse Government that I've ever seen with Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak, there are so many people of colour in this Government.


"Why were phonecalls not being made yesterday saying you know what Cressida, find all these people who sent these tweets, I want their doors knocked on and for them to be told what you did was wrong and is an offence.

"You wouldn't throw bananas at me in the street, don't throw bananas at me on Twitter."

Ranvir Singh also talked about her outrage at the abuse the players had faced, saying: "That's their place of work, racial abuse in a place of work is illegal and we're all spectators while they're working."

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