Citing Wednesday’s press conference, Bruce said: “The prime minister said people should think carefully before we got to pubs and restaurants but absolutely said don’t cancel parties. Chris Whitty said don’t mix with people you don’t have to for either work or family things that really matter to you.”
There was a pause before Philp said: “Look, the messaging is the same, which is be cautious and exercise judgement. It’s pretty clear.”
As he answered, the crowd could be heard laughing.
Bruce asked: “Why do you think people are laughing at you saying that - that the messaging is the same?”
“You can try and parse the language but the fundamental point is people can exercise their judgement… be cautious,” he replied.
Giggles could once again be heard from the audience before Bruce interjected.
Bruce looked baffled as she asked: “Well if it’s not about language and what people say, what is it about?”
“Lots of people are laughing, let’s hear from some of them,” she added.
One man in the audience certainly didn’t mince his words when he said: “People are laughing because you’re clowns.”
The audience member highlighted that almost 100 of his own party colleagues rebelled against Plan B, and asked: “What does that say about them? Is that not a mixed message? Going into Parliament without masks, is that not a mixed message?”
He continued: “You had to be told to put masks on. What do we do? We see that, we see you as the Christmas Party. You’re clowns, that’s it.”
The audience clapped, before Philp responded: “If you walked into Parliament yesterday or today… everybody in there was wearing masks quite rightly. And as far as the people who voted against the measures concerned, we passed with a huge majority, Lisa [Nandy] and I both voted for it, I think the people that voted against it - as they see these figures going up might regret the way they voted but it passed with an overwhelming majority as it should have done.”
People enjoyed the audience member’s succinct takedown of the government, with one calling the “clown” comment a “very good summary”:
"Your clowns that's it" A very good summary. https://t.co/tHiWtXo9KN