GMB backlash: Dr Hilary faces Ofcom fury over treatment of pub landlord in Starmer row
GMB: Dr Hilary tells pub landlord to ‘stick to pulling pints’
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Rod joined Susanna Reid and Adil Ray on Good Morning Britain via video link earlier this month as the presenting duo were keen to hear why he gave such a furious reception to the Labour leader. In the clip in question, Rod blasted Mr Starmer for failing to challenge Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and refused to allow him into his pub in Bath. However, after claiming social distancing “didn’t work” and comparing COVID-19 to “seasonal virus”, Dr Hilary interjected.
“With the greatest of respect, Rod, I think you should stick to pulling pints rather than advising the Government about policy on the biggest pandemic for the last 100 years,” Dr Hilary boldly said.
The GMB star continued: “Look at the facts, in India right now, 270,000 a day are coming down with COVID-19.
“In Brazil, 852 children under the age of nine have died from Covid in the last six weeks.”
Dr Hilary didn’t stop there as he continued to rant at the pub landlord who’d expressed his desire for lockdowns to be stopped and for Mr Starmer to have acted differently.
“If we ignore a pandemic, if we say lockdown doesn’t work, how do you think this spreads in the first place? It’s person to person contact,” Dr Hilary continued.
The medical expert then referenced every country which locked down earlier than the UK is now enjoying more success with populations’ health and economy.
But as Rod tried to interject to explain his stance during the heated debate, he failed to get a word in as Dr Hilary went on.
“If you’re saying that at 83 it doesn’t matter if you die, you’re saying that people like Prince Philip, the last 16 years of his life were meaningless, were worthless.”
When he did reenter the debate, Rod claimed there was “no causal link between lockdowns and number of deaths”: “It’s [the data’s] just not there.”
Eventually, Susanna interjected to try and bring calm to the debate but Dr Hilary’s behaviour certainly irked a number of viewers at home.
In fact, broadcasting regulator Ofcom has now revealed a number of complaints were made against the medical expert and his co-stars for their part in the row.
Ofcom said of the 80 complaints it received [via The Sun]: “Viewers complained about (the) treatment of the publican who had ejected Keir Starmer from his pub.”
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Express.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment regarding the complaints.
After the row took place on April 20, a number of viewers took to social media to voice their opinions on the debate prior to Ofcom releasing its report.
“I agree with Dr Hilary but his tone was rather rude and patronising,” one fan vented,
A second furiously weighed in: “#drhilary was EXTREMELY patronising to that pub landlord on @GMB ‘stick to pulling pints’.
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“So because he pulls pints for a living that means he is not entitled to his opinion. I don’t agree with his views, but the way this man was treated was appalling.”
Others did show their support for Dr Hilary, however, including former GMB host Piers Morgan.
Piers tweeted to his 7.9million followers: “Brilliant work by @DrHilaryJones, exposing that gobby publican for the callous ill-informed halfwit that he is.”
Good Morning Britain continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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