Piers Morgan ripped into Boris Johnson’s ‘utterly insane’ leadership for insisting schools were safe to reopen before closing them just one day later during his lockdown announcement last night.
The Good Morning Britain presenter blasted the Prime Minister for ‘disrupting everybody’s lives’ as he discussed the U-turn with co-host Susanna Reid on today’s programme.
Mr Johnson had initially reassured parents that it was okay for pupils to return on Sunday when he appeared on The Andrew Marr Show. However, on Monday night, he ordered schools to shut.
‘All the kids we know are the biggest passers on of the virus, he sends them all back to school to mingle together for one day so they can all share the virus, and sends them all back home so they can infect all their elderly relatives,’ Piers began.
‘What a brilliant idea from the Prime Minister.’
He continued: ‘How did they go from being completely safe on Sunday and yesterday morning to being so dangerous they all have to be closed? We know the answer, the answer is he eventually got to the right decision.
‘The case number of this variant of Covid-19 are exploding. We could see that, we could see that before Sunday. We could all see the numbers. Why, why do you do this?
‘Why do you send all the kids? Why do you disrupt everybody’s lives completely unnecessarily, parents, kids, everything, for one day and then pull the plug?
‘It is utterly insane and so indicative of the way the government has handled this campaign.’
Schools and colleges will be closed as part of a new national lockdown, in a move that puts this summer’s exams in doubt.
The Prime Minister said primary and secondary schools will close immediately and move to online learning for all pupils, except children of key workers and the most vulnerable.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.