Piers Morgan called out MP Tobias Ellwood for not having read the news on the government’s de facto policy that sex with someone outside of your household is to be made illegal by social distancing rules.
The no-nonsense presenter wasted no time in pressing the Conservative politician on the new coronavirus guidelines that made it illegal to have sex in your own home with a person from another household on today’s Good Morning Britain.
But Mr Ellwood admitted he hadn’t seen the story yet.
‘The fact you haven’t bothered to read the papers yet isn’t my problem, is it?’ Piers demanded.
Mr Ellwood responded: ‘No, I’ve been here since six in the morning in my office waiting to see you.’
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‘Why didn’t you spend some of that time checking the news seeing as you’re giving an interview on a news programme?’ Piers hit back. ‘Its what basic people do, isn’t it?
‘You can get all high and mighty with us that you haven’t read this story, but millions of our viewers would have woken up to the news the British government is going to make it illegal for people to meet in each other’s homes and stay overnight and have sex with each other.
‘That seems to me an extraordinary story, worthy of your attention and interest as a Conservative MP, a member of a party who is going to instill this on people. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable.’
Before the end of the interview, Mr Ellwood said sorry for not being clued up on the ban.
‘I do apologise Piers for not reading the news,’ Mr Ellwood later added.
‘I apologise,’ replied Piers, before he erupted again. ‘One of the reasons I got so angry with Conservative ministers before was their lack of preparation.
‘Your fury about being asked about a story in all the newspapers is your failure to prepare. Why didn’t you just read the papers?’
The new regulation reads: ‘No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons.’
Both people could be prosecuted under the new amendment to the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 bill, that is set to be presented before Parliament on Monday morning.
Previous rules did not include wording about meeting in private places as the general message was to ‘stay at home’ and to avoid all but essential travel.
Now only those with ‘reasonable excuses’ will be allowed to meet privately indoors – which does not include meeting up to have sex. Reasonable excuses cover elite athletes, vulnerable people and key workers.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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