This Morning host Phillip Schofield hit out over a leaked video where No 10 staff seemingly joked about a Downing Street party, as Holly Willoughby called the reported celebrations ‘tone-deaf’
Phillip Schofield fumed at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the government on This Morning on Wednesday, over a leaked video of No 10 staff seemingly joking about a Downing Street Christmas party.
His co-host Holly Willoughby called the reported celebrations a year ago ‘tone-deaf’ as it was at the time the country were in Tier 3 conditions, as cases of coronavirus soared.
Senior Downing Street staff appeared to crack jokes about a rule-breaking Christmas party at No 10 just four days after it was alleged to have taken place, the bombshell leaked recording reveals.
Officials can be heard laughing about “cheese and wine” as Johnson’s former spokeswoman Allegra Stratton cracked jokes about a “business meeting” in which there was “definitely no social distancing.”
Now, slamming the smirking politicians, This Morning host Phillip has questioned the latest news and the latest denial from Downing Street – asking if they were taking everyone “for mugs”.
As a show guest hit back at the government for “lying” to the public, recalling what many people were going through at the time of the reported celebrations, Phillip suggested people would likely not listen to any restrictions this year as a result.
He read out the restrictions regarding social gatherings at the time the party is said to have taken place, recalling Christmas lunches and parties were banned.
Phil then said: “You look at this and think, are you seriously taking us for a bunch of mugs?”
He added: “Let us put this another way, when we hear reports that there may be restrictions coming in, possibly slightly wider restrictions at Christmas, does the Prime Minister and his party and his government honestly assume any of us are going to take any notice?”
His co-presenter Holly also hit out over the ongoing story, recalling what the public were going through during the second and third waves last year and beyond.
Saying it was “clearly not going away”, she told ITV’s Robert Peston: “You think about what was going on at that time, and what the rest of the country were going through.
“The death rates were high, the infection rates were high, people were not seeing their loved ones, Christmas being cancelled. I mean it was so tone-deaf with what the rest of the country was going through.”
It comes amid a denial of there being any Christmas party at No 10, after The Mirror revealed bombshell allegations that revellers at an unofficial Christmas bash on December 18 allegedly enjoyed food, drinks and games which went on well past midnight.
Fresh allegations in the Times also revealed that officials organised a ‘secret Santa’ and sent out invites, suggesting the event was planned.
The Prime Minister said he had been assured “guidance was followed”, amid increasing calls for him to resign.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.