WHEN Piers Morgan was banished from morning TV it was a moment of great relief. Sure, it was for a ludicrous reason – he didn’t kow-tow to Meghan Markle and ‘her truth’. But Morgan’s constant promoting of the government Covid hysteria campaign caused untold damage during the lockdown.
Unfortunately for those stupid enough to switch on we are now going to be subjected to more Morgan nonsense on Talk TV. I speak of the hilariously titled (no sense of irony at all) Piers Morgan Uncensored show.
Morgan tells us that he will promote free speech, challenge the cancel culture and will upset ‘all the whiny woke over-sensitive snowflakes’. This from a man so sensitive that he instantly blocks anyone who dares challenge his claptrap on Twitter. Not just people who are needlessly rude to him – blocking that is fine – but those who dare to counter any of this Covid hysteria.
Don’t get me wrong, the man is clearly a talented broadcaster, perhaps one of the most talented of his generation. I might even agree with what he says, perhaps 60 per cent of the time, maybe even a whopping 70 per cent. But therein, dear reader, lies the problem. Talent misused and misdirected can do enormous damage.
The damage that was done by Morgan during the lockdown I suspect was immense. Every morning, homes all over the country were pumped full of hysterical Covid propaganda from Good Morning Britain. Nearly everyone involved with that show was pushing the government line that this disease was the greatest threat to mankind since the Black Death. They will tell you otherwise – that they were challenging the government’s response to this disease so deadly that it has an infection mortality rate of less than 1 per cent. However, Morgan and GMB’s idea of holding the government to account was to push ministers into lockdown harder, faster and if possible earlier. Was there a time machine anywhere? Morgan is the man who called for a second lockdown. This is the man who agreed a third national lockdown was essential and berated the PM on his schools flip-flopping.
Sure, the show might at first have had a few dissenting views but the line was these people were on the fringes, not to be listened to and essentially granny killers. Morgan was front and centre of pushing the ‘Covid is a killer’ line. Covid was a killer for a very small minority of people – but the government filling care homes with Covid patients, locking down kids, and cancelling non-Covid medical treatment killed many people too.
Morgan’s new show promises ‘meaty debate’. I doubt if there will be much pork in that pie. The show won’t be interesting, it won’t be informative, it may be vaguely entertaining – the way a cat playing with a mouse is entertaining. But you won’t learn anything from it – you all know how it is going to turn out in the end.
Morgan claims he will challenge cancel culture, even though he wanted the unvaccinated to be cancelled in excluding them from various parts of society such as sporting events. If Morgan really was the challenging, ‘no fear’ journalist he says he is, he wouldn’t have failed the biggest test of our generation – Covid and the lockdown, what it was, what it wasn’t and whether the government was telling the truth on it.
Morgan didn’t have to take an entrenched stand on the lockdown; he didn’t have to be a ‘lockdown sceptic’. But he could have been a government sceptic; he could have asked some tough questions such as how close are Big Pharma to the government and those giving them advice? Are there any conflicts of interests? Who is really at risk from Covid, and who stands to lose the most from a lockdown?
But he didn’t. He failed the big test when it came, and no amount of talking about statues, pronouns and vegan sausages is going to change that.
So, no I won’t be watching Morgan’s new show. Instead I’ll stick with Mark Steyn at GB News. Steyn is a genuine culture warrior who holds the government to account, not its hectoring mouthpiece.