Therese Coffey has had a row with Piers Morgan as reported on the newswires. Here’s the Mirror’s version of events.
Piers Morgan furious as MP Therese Coffey storms off GMB after ‘insulting’ remark
Work and Pensions Secretary MP Therese Coffey was probed by the Good Morning Britain host on why the UK coronavirus death rate is the highest in the world
GMB for those who work in the morning is Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan until recently Donald Trump’s #1 fan and Therese Coffey a political heavyweight.
Is calling people “fat” an insult?
I suspect it is, though being obese is much the same thing and I spent much of the last 12 months being told that I was obese and that if I didn’t lose weight, Covid would have me on toast.
So I think Theresa Coffey was right when she linked our Covid death rate with obesity – or us being fat.
And I’m surprised that when Piers Morgan complained that she was telling us we were fat, she took his comment as insulting us. Or did she take it personally?
Anyway, it’s best to know that if you are obese – you are fat – if only to remind you that it is possible to lose weight (in most circumstances). So I’m with Therese in emphasizing that we could be thinner and this would bring down Britain’s Covid death rate.
And I’m with Piers on just about everything else.
Is calling people “old” an insight?
Actually, I’d rather be a few months older than I am, as I’d get the vaccine a few weeks quicker (not that I need it so much as I’ve just had Covid). But most people wouldn’t mind being called old, if it meant they could be vaccinated tomorrow.
On a less emotional basis, we are not as old as we feel, we are as old as the number of years since we were born and in Britain we are quite old. However we are not as old as people in Japan who seem to have got off with much lower death rates.
And as we can’t do anything about being the age we are (unlike the weight we are), I am not with Therese Coffey in blaming age on our very high Covid death rate. I suspect that the Government have made some serious errors in protecting older people. They didn’t get the care home strategy right, they didn’t get us wearing masks early enough and they send out complicated and confusing messaging about mixing with the elderly, especially to the asymptomatic young.
So Government shouldn’t be blaming the ageing population, but – like Japan – protecting the ageing population better. And we should not be inferring that the old had it coming to them – which is what I suspect Piers and Therese are bitching about.
Is criticizing Government an insult (to Theresa and others)?
I’m not sure it helps much, but I do think that Government are there to be criticised. As I’ve written several times, we (and especially the older fatter people like me), need to have some confidence in Government.
What is not good is to have Cabinet Ministers walking off TV sets and rowing with journalists (even journalists who have Trumpian views).
I am a great admirer of the tolerance shown by the Prime Minister and the scientists when they are criticized at press briefings. I think that people in Government who stand up to criticism and come through it – are worthy of praise. Credit where credit is due, the behavior of Government is normally pretty good
So – if I can be so bold, I hope that Therese Coffey eats a bit of humble pie and apologises to GMB for getting a bit flouncey and I hope we can all get on with the week with a bit more of a sense of humour!
Article from the Mirror below – make up your own mind!
Piers Morgan was left seething with rage after MP Therese Coffey stormed off after branding his remark “insulting”.
The Work and Pensions Secretary had been probed by the Good Morning Britain host on why the UK coronavirus death rate is the highest in the world.
After Ms Coffey suggested that it may have to do with the UK’s ageing population and obesity, Piers thanked her for being open about finally pointing out some reasons why.
He added: “None of your colleagues last week could give us any! You’ve given us two now – ageing population and obesity.
“So are you saying that the reason for us having the worst death rate in the world is because of the public? We’re too old and we’re too fat?”