In the week which saw Boris Johnson unveil his “roadmap” out of lockdown, Conservative MPs also made the news for “ridiculous” and “batsh*t” reasons.
As attention turned to one of the first major steps of exiting lockdown – sending children back to school on 8 March – a visit to Sedgehill Academy in southeast London saw the prime minister end up in the classroom.
Williamson wasn’t the only minister to come under fire from Morgan this week, though, with the journalist also clashing with Matt Hancock, the health secretary.
On Tuesday’s edition of Good Morning Britain, Hancock said he should be on the breakfast programme “thanking my team” because “they work so hard”.
Morgan quickly interrupted and said: “You and your team have resided over a woeful handling of the pandemic that has led to us having the worst death toll in Europe – 130,000 people dead.
‘I think we should be on this programme thanking my team.’
After Matt Hancock says his team should be thanked,… https://t.co/aEBONWTXuI
— Good Morning Britain (@Good Morning Britain)
“So I’m sorry if my first thought when you come on here is not to thank you and your team for your brilliant handling of the pandemic, as I don’t think 130,000 deaths shows that you’ve handled it well.”
In his address to global leaders, Johnson said: “It is absolutely clear that climate change is a threat to our collective security and the security of our nations.
“I know there are people around the world who will say this is all kind of ‘green stuff’ from a bunch of tree-hugging tofu munchers, and not suited to international diplomacy and international politics.
“I couldn’t disagree more profoundly.”
Reporting on the meeting, Climate Home News reporter Joe Lo tweeted: “[He] says he disagrees with that characterisation. So why mention it?
“Will strike the rest of the world as bizarre.”
At a UK-hosted UN Security Council meeting, Boris Johnson says some people will see climate change as tofu-eating,… https://t.co/HyUGy9Jqoe
It wasn’t the only odd remark from Johnson this week, however, as reports surfaced that the prime minister has backed “batsh*t” plans to build a “roundabout” beneath the Isle of Man.
The proposals, revealed by The Times, would see three tunnels built under the Irish Sea, connecting Northern Ireland to Scotland and England.
The “roundabout” is the latest idea from Johnson to involve bridges. While running for party leader in 2018, the MP suggested one to connect Scotland and Northern Ireland together, in a plan welcomed by the Democratic Unionist Party.