‘Can’t’ see how it happens’ Bill Turnbull hits out on GMB ‘What are they thinking?’05/25/2021
GMB: Bill Turnbull slams government on local announcements
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Good Morning Britain presenters Susanna Reid and Bill Turnbull discussed the headlines on Tuesday morning’s show. Political commentators Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce were invited onto the show the top stories of the day, but Bill was amazed when they explained a news story about localised Coronavirus restrictions.
Government advice has emerged urging people not to travel in and out of areas hardest hit by the Indian coronavirus variant unless necessary.
The new guidance applies to Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside.
It says people in these affected areas should try to avoid meeting indoors.
However, the government has received criticism after the guidance was published online without an announcement on Friday.
Good Morning Britain presenter Bill was shocked to hear no official announcement was made other than a statement posted online.
Speaking about the government blunder, Bill said: “There are two mind boggling issues here.
“One is the point that you’ve made about people just not being able to do that now especially as we’re coming out.
“But also this idea that they just got the announcement completely wrong. I mean how does – I can’t understand how that happens.
“Somebody putting it out there on the website must have said you know it might be a good idea to tell the local authorities involved. Who’s not thinking?” Bill said.
Andrew agreed saying: “I know. I spoke to somebody in the cabinet office yesterday, they never mentioned it.
“You’d think they would talk to a journalist ‘you do know what’s happening and we’ve got to get the information out there’ nobody mentioned it,” the political commentator revealed.
Susanna chimed in saying: “Well they do have a lovely two and a half million pound briefing room.
“I mean, they could possibly stand at a very expensive lectern,” she remarked.
“They could have had the local MPs in there talking about it,” Andrew said in agreement.
Susanna replied: “Well, certainly Public Health England officials. It’s very – it seems very odd.”
Andrew said: “It’s a cock up,” with Kevin adding: “Yes it’s a mistake.”
“But, I’ll just come back, I don’t think it’s forgivable now at this point,” Kevin concluded.
Some of the affected local authorities said they were not consulted about the new advice, with North Tyneside Council saying officials did not know about it until Monday.
Blackburn with Darwen’s director of public health Dominic Harrison addressed the news in a post on Twitter.
He said the affected areas “were not consulted with, warned of, notified about, or alerted to this guidance”.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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