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Richard Madeley brands lockdown tiers ‘propaganda’ and insists quarantine is ‘not the answer’

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Richard Madeley has hit out at the Government’s lockdown restrictions again, branding the new tier system ‘propaganda’.

The presenter appeared on This Morning to talk about the latest regulations, with parts of the country entering into different levels of localised lockdowns.

Richard questioned why the classifications of the tiers start at ‘medium’, claiming they should start at ‘low’.

Speaking to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, he vented: ‘Why do we start at medium high and very high? It’s propaganda.’

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‘Lockdown is not the answer’ he went on to say, while discussing the day’s news with Nick Ferarri.

The comments came after Richard was shown a viral clip of a pensioner from Barnsley, who said she doesn’t ‘give a sod’ about the ‘ridiculous’ tier three restrictions coming into force in the region this weekend.

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The Government’s tier system has seen regions across England put under strict coronavirus measures at short notice. Areas have been split up into medium, high or very high alert levels in response to rising infection rates and deaths linked to the virus.

The South Yorkshire areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will join Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire in the highest alert level from midnight on Saturday.

It’s not the first time Richard has been critical of lockdown restrictions.

He was branded a ‘covidiot’ earlier this month for saying that lockdown laws are ‘pointless‘ on Good Morning Britain.

Richard said: ‘In the situation that we’re in now I think it’s proven that they are pointless yes, and I completely defend that metaphor of a game of hide and seek because that’s what it’s turned out to be.’

He added: ‘The virus doesn’t just go away because we go into a game of hide and seek and dive under covers and hide in the wardrobes for a while, because when we come out, it’s like a taxi on the metres, ticking away outside the house.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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