Piers Morgan hits out at Keir Starmer for ‘staying quiet’ over school closures

Piers Morgan didn't hold back during Tuesday's Good Morning Britain during a heated chat with Sir Keir Starmer.

The Labour leader appeared on the ITV show to discuss the latest nationwide lockdown in England and the government's u-turn on school closures.

Starmer insisted it was "obvious" that schools should have remained closed before Boris Johnson made the announcement about remote learning on Monday evening.

Piers probed him as he said: "Let me just jump in there, because if it was that obvious to you, Sir Keir Starmer, then why didn't you go further on Sunday and say absolutely no way should schools open tomorrow?"

The politician attempted to reply, but Morgan cut him off as he continued: "It's clear they're going to have to shut and we cannot allow a situation where we let all these kids go back for one day, potentially infecting each other and their teachers, then going back home and saying that's it.

"Wouldn't that have been the braver thing to do?"

Piers then remarked that one of Starmer's main criticisms is that he's a "monday-morning quarterback".

This is defined as 'a person who passes judgement on and criticizes something after the event'.

Morgan explained: "You wait right to the moment where it looks like Boris Johnson is going to do something, and you pipe up 'well I think you should do something'."

Starmer again tried to interject, but Morgan continued his rant as he added: "On Sunday and earlier if we knew by the end of last week.. shouldn't you and the whole party have come out and said 'we do not think any schools should reopen, it's too dangerous'.

The Labour leader responded: "Piers let me just pick up that challenge and meet it because back in the Autumn when we were talking about lockdown and the circuit-break then, I made that call very, very clearly.

"And it was a good two weeks, I think, of the government saying 'what a load of rubbish, Labour wants to have a lockdown, we don't need a lockdown that would be a disaster' and then went and did, so that wasn't an eleventh hour decision by me by any stretch of the imagination."

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