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A Small Child Just Beat The Education Secretary At Maths

Nicky Morgan was challenged twice by a primary school child and wouldn't answer.

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Education secretary Nicky Morgan has refused to answer a GCSE maths question live on TV.

"I'm not doing maths on air," the somewhat flustered cabinet minister told an audience of primary school children gathered together by Sky News and the newspaper First News.
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"I'm not doing maths on air," the somewhat flustered cabinet minister told an audience of primary school children gathered together by Sky News and the newspaper First News.

This is her nemesis, a small child called Leon Remphry. He asked her to state the cube root of 125, a GCSE-level maths question.

Look at that stare. That steely-eyed determination to get a straight answer.
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Look at that stare. That steely-eyed determination to get a straight answer.

And look at the abject fear on the face of a professional politician realising she's being asked to do maths live on TV.

It's the face of someone realising that whichever way this goes, it's going to end badly and be clipped on websites for people's entertainment. There is no way out. Unless she just answers the question.The answer's FIVE. It's FIVE. Just say FIVE.
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It's the face of someone realising that whichever way this goes, it's going to end badly and be clipped on websites for people's entertainment. There is no way out. Unless she just answers the question.

The answer's FIVE. It's FIVE. Just say FIVE.

But she wouldn't, so Leon, who has inherited the spirit of a young Jeremy Paxman, had another go.

It didn't end well.
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It didn't end well.

Watch the full thing here:

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You can laugh it off all you want, Nicky. But a small child just beat you on national TV.

H/T Guido Fawkes

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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