For 146 days, no Conservative MP has appeared on Good Morning Britain as the government continues to boycott the ITV show. Today, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid hit out at the Health Secretary for refusing to speak to them ahead of his appearance on This Morning. Morgan even threatened to surprise Mr Hancock by joining him on the This Morning sofa and forcing him to speak to them.
Reid began: “We’d like to ask him about testing and why it is so hard to get a test and why they are introducing a £10,000 fine for people who test positive and don’t obey the rules and whether he thinks that might lead to people not getting any tests at all.”
“I’d like to ask him whether stopped community testing in the middle of March when it was clearly absolutely crucial,” Morgan interrupted.
“I’d like to know why after a pandemic exercise in 2016,m which said we didn’t have enough PPE, they still didn’t have enough PPE four years later when we were hit by a pandemic.
“I’d like to ask what this protective ring around care homes was when in fact they sent 25,000 people from hospital back into care homes without testing them, many of whom had cover creating another epidemic.
“But I can’t ask him because for the 146th day, the government is boycotting Good Morning Britain.”
Morgan went on to threaten to join Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning as they interview Mr Hancock.
As the camera panned to the wall which separates the GMB and This Morning studios, he teased he would slip onto the show.
“People suggesting that if Matt Hancock is appearing on This Morning today, why don’t we just nip around and ask him some supplementaries,” Morgan started.
Reid added: “Heckle him from the sidelines.”
“I mean it is the next building, it’s literally through that door,” Morgan suggested.
“Maybe we’ll do that. Maybe we’ll jump in. Maybe we’ll just slide in on the sofa.
“There it is behind that wall. All we have to do is open that door, slide in, sit on the sofa and have a few supplementaries with our Health Secretary who has boycotted this show since April.”
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It came after Morgan insisted Christmas should be cancelled if it means stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Addressing the nation, Morgan fumed: ““This virus has not got any less virulent, it doesn’t understand rule of six or Boris’ idea of having Christmas Day off as if somehow we can all amass on Christmas Day and then go back to the rules.
“As if the virus is going, ‘Oh okay, I’ll leave you alone on Christmas Day.’
“If we miss Christmas Day as a country, if that’s what we have to do, we have to do it. This is our war.
“People have to be realistic about that. Hilary lets bring you in here because you’re the master of all this stuff.
“Where are we? With your expert head on, where are we now?
“It’s been described in the papers today, leaks from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor as an absolutely pivotal moment in the pandemic in this country.”
Dr Hilary hit back: “Well we know that the R rate is about 1.4 which means 10 people are giving this virus to 14 others.
“If that continues the rate will increase exponentially and we will be back to where we were pre-lockdown before March.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.