Piers Morgan has raged against a Tory MP who appeared on Good Morning Britain and to "explain" the new guidelines and failed miserably.
Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen, who represents North West Leicestershire, was asked by Morgan whether he could go and visit his sons who live "10 minutes away" while maintaining social distancing, something the TV presenter tweeted about last night after Boris Johnson's speech.
I haven't seen two of my sons for 10 weeks. They live 10 minutes away, next to a large common. Am I allowed to go a… https://t.co/69wI0ehYsk
In response, the MP bizarrely stated that he "does not speak for the government", but suggests that "as far as he's concerned" as long as social distancing is maintained that's probably fine.
Piers Morgan was having none of it, responding:
See, this is the problem Andrew Bridgen. What you've just said is completely against the new rules as stated. So there you are, a Conservative member of parliament, who thinks you know exactly what Boris Johnson has been saying, and yet you've just told me to do something I'm not allowed to do.
This is the problem, isn't it? There is no clarity, it's a load of old flannel, talking about controlling the virus, and you – as a leading, high profile, Conservative politician – haven't got a clue about what these rules actually mean. You're an MP. You're part of this.
Instead of addressing the issue – the lack of clarity in lockdown rules – Bridgen called out Morgan's "diatribe", implying he has some sort of agenda against Boris Johnson, which is why he's making these points.
Morgan responded indignantly, pointing out that the UK has the second highest death toll in the world ("and that's just the deaths we're declaring"), calling it a "national disgrace". He also called out a lack of testing and PPE for NHS workers, and said his so-called diatribe is "because so many people have died, and so many people are continuing to die".
This exchange is not surprising – Morgan has been calling out Conservative politicians pretty much since day one when it comes to their handling of the pandemic.
It's perhaps why Dominic Raab apparently refused to appear on the show.
Morning @DominicRaab - it’s not too late for you to grow a pair & come on @GMB as part of your extensive Govt media… https://t.co/J8EIs90NV6
Morgan's combative style of questioning has gained a lot of attention in recent weeks, with thousands of people complaining. He has since been cleared by the press regulator Ofcom and continues to hold the government to account.