Piers Morgan urges Matt Hancock to ‘resign’ after ‘smirking’ BBC Breakfast appearance
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Piers Morgan, 55, hit out at Health Secretary Matt Hancock after he was interviewed by Dan Walker on rival programme BBC Breakfast. The TV presenter blasted the MP for continually declining to appear on Good Morning Britain, after the pair clashed over care home COVID testing back in April.
Why haven’t you resigned?
Although Piers is still on holiday from his hosting duties, he initially sent Dan a list of questions to ask the Health Secretary.
Retweeting Dan’s announcement that Matt would be appearing on the BBC Breakfast, Piers wrote alongside it: “Given he’s still bottling @GMB, some questions for you: 1) Why did you fail to protect our health/care workers with PPE?
“2) Why did you fail to protect our care homes? 3) Why did your tracing App fail?
“4) Why is your Test/Trace scheme failing? 5) Why haven’t you resigned?”
Following the Health Secretary’s appearance on the programme, Piers shared a screengrab of him and accused the Health Secretary of “smirking” during the chat.
The GMB host typed: “Smirk of a man who loves appearing @bbcbreakfast but hasn’t appeared on @GMB for five months.”
However, some of his followers were quick to point out that Piers had previously banned politicians from appearing on the show.
One wrote: “You barred them from appearing on GMB, remember. They also got tired of being unable to answer questions because of you constantly talking over them.”
Another replied: “Why should he appear? I don’t understand. Is it not simple? Your show is a very successful entertainment show and he wants to go on a news show, hence the BBC.”
While a third claimed he was scared of the “tough” questions Piers might fire his way.
They commented: “He is scared of the tough questions you have lined up for him including when is he resigning. Maybe you should promise to mollycoddle him. I assure he will be there first thing in the morning.”
While speaking with Dan, the politician discussed how local lockdowns have helped to prevent spikes in cases.
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Dan said: “There’s a local lockdown in Leicester, I know it’s being eased which you spoke about it yesterday, but it’s been in place now for eight weeks, and Leicester has still got one of the highest rates per 100,000 in England.”
Matt replied: “Well, I don’t think so, And the evidence for that is that the people of Leicester have taken the action that’s needed.
“I’m really pleased that we’re able to take Leicester out of many of the lockdown measures that were still in place there.”
He added: ”Leicester was the first place into it [a local lockdown], and now we’re able to bring it out shows that the local lockdown approach works when we put the focus onto an area with a particularly strong outbreak.”
Previously Dan hit out at Piers’ interview style on Good Morning Britain with a strongly worded tweet.
The BBC Breakfast host shared that he continues to receive praise from fans for not “interrupting” guests on the show.
He wrote: “Thanks for all your kind comments about our #BBCBreakfast interviews this morning. It is possible to challenge politicians & and ask difficult questions without…Shouting, Interrupting, Telling everyone you’re brilliant at holding them to account. Thanks for watching.”
Piers quickly fired back: “The reason they all go on your show Dan is because you’re known as the softest touch in world [of] political interviewing.”
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