GMB presenter Susanna Reid couldn't quite believe what she was hearing: "Every marine species is full of cocaine, did he say?"
"The Conservative Party don’t want people with views, experience or opinions of their own," Richard Walker concluded.
It comes after major backlash towards water firms over sewage leaks.
Tory minister says waterways are "cleaner than they have been in the past” as pollution rules are ripped up to boost housing.
Ministers are reportedly considering bringing Britain’s biggest water supplier into temporary public ownership as it struggles with a £14 billion debt pile.
Annual charges set to rise from £450 to £680 in parts of the country, while housing and food costs soar too.
A burst pipe means untreated waste was pumped straight towards the beaches.
The environment minister was compared to the former Iraqi official dubbed Comical Ali.
The environment secretary insisted the quality of bathing waters has improved.