Wednesday, N.November 11th
For the past five years on Good Morning Britain – our anniversary is November 23rd – my co-host Susanna Reid has consistently insisted that "aging is a blessing". And I have insisted with equal certainty that it is not.
Let's face it: no one who is really old thinks it's anything but a curse.
As the famous 17th century French writer François de La Rochefoucauld noted: "Old age is a tyrant who forbids the joys of youth under the penalty of death."
I think Susanna just wants to pretend it's a blessing because that will help her cope with the pain (or "joy!" As she claims) of reaching the big 50 in the next month.
But I finally realized that she was right all along after the government confirmed that the new Covid vaccine will be given out in descending order of age, which means I will get it before they do!
Unless she successfully argues that working with me is an underlying health condition.
Friday November 13th
Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe has died of coronavirus. Last year a bizarre story appeared in the newspapers that revealed that I was supposed to interview him on TV after watching a crime documentary about an American psychopath named Paris Bennett.
Sutcliffe reportedly said to a fellow inmate at Frankland Prison, “I saw the Piers Morgan show and it was really interesting – they did it from all sides. I wish someone like him would look at my case because, from my point of view, it was never done. "
Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe (above) has died of coronavirus. Last year a bizarre story appeared in the papers that revealed that I was supposed to be interviewing him on television
I would have taken the chance to interview him. Not to do it from his point of view, but to look him straight into his dark, sly, despicable eyes and finally give him the wild cricket he deserved for all the horror he'd inflicted on these poor women, for that he never apologized or showed any remorse.
Saturday November 14th
The Downing Street Bully Boys & # 39; Dom & # 39; Cummings and & # 39; Dumber & # 39; Lee Cain – the unelected, bony headed guys who prevented elected government ministers from being held responsible for their sad handling of the pandemic by ordering GMB's cowardly 200-day boycott – have lost their jobs.
Her shameful demise, which comes the same week as the vaccine news and Peter Sutcliffe's death, suggests 2020 may finally be a positive turn.
This afternoon called Downing Street to tell me the boycott has ended immediately and Health Secretary Matt Hancock would be on the show on Monday.
The importance of the rigorous testing we prefer at GMB was generously summed up by Sir Michael Parkinson in The Sun today: “God knows we need someone as tough as Piers these days.
My job was to make it as fun as possible. With piers, he has to challenge people and have enough knowledge to dispute something sensibly. It is very necessary and politicians who do not participate in its program should be ashamed.
He does it excellently, and thank God he does … may he rule long. "
Thank you Parky! My reign has lasted longer than Dom and Dumber, that's for sure.
Sunday 15th November
It turns out that English soccer manager Gareth Southgate tested positive for Covid-19 on October 25 and kept his condition a secret when he self-isolated for ten days with "unpleasant" symptoms.
I was quite surprised to find this as I was with him in London on October 22nd at a GQ Heroes event where we had a ten minute chat in a room with the magazine executives.
Southgate didn't reveal exactly when he first got sick, but I would have expected him to have at least the basic courtesy to let us know that he developed the killer virus so soon after we were together.
It turns out that English soccer manager Gareth Southgate (above) tested positive for Covid-19 on October 25 and kept his condition a secret when he self-isolated for ten days
Not least because the main topic of our conversation was that I congratulated him on the tough line he put against English players who violate the Covid ban rules.
"It is very important that everyone does the right thing," he said.
Yes, Gareth – including you.
Monday November 16
Matt Hancock duly returned to GMB, the site of his numerous interrogating monsters in March / April, and turned ecstatically as if this was the happiest moment of his life.
"First question," I began. "If we live in a democracy, where the hell have you been for 201 days?"
Hancock refused to explain or justify the boycott, despite having asked him three times, then claimed with comical irony, "I'm here now to answer your questions!"
So I read him a long charge sheet on all of his pathetic mistakes, from PPE to testing to nursing homes and late lockdowns, and concluded, “Given that we now have over 50,000 deaths in this country this is the worst death toll in this country in all of Europe – why are you still minister of health and why did you not offer to resign? & # 39;
"Well," he replied, "because we have developed the answer to all of these enormous challenges in this unprecedented pandemic."
I could have sworn it was the same Matt Hancock who stood up in Parliament on January 23rd when the coronavirus first broke out in China and stated, “The public can be assured that the whole of Britain is always well prepared in this way is outbreaks. & # 39;
"Nice to be there," said Hancock at the end of our encounter, during which he grinned a lot, but gave no clear answer to almost anything.
"He says he's lying," I replied.
On his next media appearance on Talk Radio he was asked, "How are you doing after your fights with Piers Morgan at GMB in the last half hour?"
Hancock chuckled, "He was like a pussycat."
The cabinet's most complacent minister clearly believed he had made a triumphant return, but that was not how others saw it.
The Guardian's John Crace referred to him as "Door Matt" and said he was sent as the "whipping boy" of the Cabinet to "smile insincere and nod his head from time to time than Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid did more to him as humbled for 20 minutes & # 39 ;.
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