Boris Johnson – Call for Prime Minister to resign over Covid deaths
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign over the UK Government’s handling of the Covid crisis, according to Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan.
Morgan was speaking the day after Mr Johnson hosted a briefing where he said the Government accepts responsibility for what has happened.
Morgan hit out at the prime minister for his ‘list of errors’ during the coronavirus pandemic – showing clips of the PM boasting he had been shaking hands on the Covid ward at the start of 2020, reports The Mirror.
He went on to suggest that Johnson should resign as there “has to be some accountability” from the government.
Introducing Good Morning Britain today alongside co-host Susanna Reid, he said: “What a grim, horrible milestone that was – and that was just the official number, the one that the government was prepared to admit to.
“The actual number of deaths, and excess deaths, due to coronavirus is significantly higher. So this is just what the government is prepared to hold its hands up to.
“Boris Johnson is sorry! He’s really sorry that 100,000 people have died.”
Susanna interjected: “Well, I don’t think we doubt that he’s actually sorry. It’s absolutely devastating.”
Piers pointed out that it was the worst death rate in the world last week over a seven-day average and fifth highest death toll in the world.
“Bear it in mind that those other countries above us – United States of America, Brazil, India. Massively bigger countries. Mexico – and then us,” he said. “We are so far ahead of any comparative country it is shameful.
“But the prime minister is sorry, he’s really sorry . He bowed his head and said all the right things. And empathy is fine and I am all for leaders showing empathy. But what’s he sorry for? Is he sorry for any of the actions he took? Judging by what he said, no he’s not. He’s not actually sorry for anything that he’s done.
“‘We did everything we could have done and we will carry on doing everything we can.’ Now that’s not an admission of doing anything wrong! And yet the obvious conclusion from this horrible milestone is that he did a lot of things wrong and we need to start hearing this government admitting it.”
Susanna added: “Late to lockdown, didn’t ban mass gatherings, we were slow on PPE.”
“We were prepared for a flu pandemic,” Piers continued. “We pursued herd immunity.”
“That was the prime minister of the country who had missed five cobra meetings,” Piers pointed out
He added: “There is one resounding response on Twitter – resign. This is what the British public think and feel and there has to be some accountability.”
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV