The Prime Minister warned that the situation is ‘extremely difficult’ in the lead up to Christmas, with a steep rise in hospitalisations in London.
After gathering the cabinet for an unscheduled meeting earlier today – hours after a picture emerged of him at a garden party last May – he warned that new measures could be enforced soon.
Taking to Twitter shortly after, Good Morning Britain presenter Piers laid into the PM and slammed his actions over the last few days.
The former Life Stories host penned: ‘BREAKING: Boris Johnson just brazenly lied about latest illicit No10 garden party scandal, and announced he’s doing nothing re #Omicron threat.’
Not quite done there, he followed that up with: ‘”Boris Johnson delays decision” – the four least surprising words in the English language.
‘If a small asteroid was rocketing down to Earth at high speed and there was a 50/50 shot of it landing either directly on your head, or in a nearby lake, would you a) do whatever you could to protect yourself, just in case b) wait and see if it hits or misses? #Omicron #Boris.’
TV presenter Fern also launched a blistering attack on the politician over his actions – which comes after Michael Sheen accused him of having ‘no personal ethics’.
‘Trying to stay positive even though I’m watching a bumbling, word salad spouting prime minister,’ she tweeted.
‘Answers all a jumble and clear as a fog on a stormy night at sea.’
When a follower replied with hopes for a ‘correct interpretation’, she replied: ‘I hope so. We can take the worst kind of truth as long as it’s the truth xxx.’
Their words come after Mr Johnson refused to rule out further restrictions – but instead called on the public to exercise caution and get vaccinated in the wake of the ongoing winter wave.
The PM said the cabinet had discussed options for a ‘couple of hours’ and that ‘the arguments either way are very, very finely balanced’.
Discussing what measures the government could take, he added: ‘We’re looking at all kinds of things…
‘We will rule nothing out.’
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