Sir Keir Starmer fueled a swathe of mocking and doubtful comments on his performance as Labour Party leader after he repeatedly bypassed questions on the Government’s coronavirus strategy. Some users jokingly suggested Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan appeared to be a stronger Leader of the Opposition compared to Sir Keir, who was accused of “bending over backwards” not to hold the Government to account. One Twitter user said: “Piers Morgan is interviewing Keir Starmer on GMB this morning, and he’s holding the Government to account better than the opposition leader.”
Another commented: “Seriously if you were listening to Keir Starmer on GMB and didn’t know he was the so-called Leader of the Opposition, you’d think he was in the Tory Party.
‘He’s bending over backwards, forwards and sideways not to criticise anything they’ve done wrong. Who voted for this clown?”
One viewer commented: “Keir Starmer, watching you on breakfast TV hoping to hear something interesting from you only to hear you constantly stating the bleeding obvious and trying to point score.
“Same old Labour and destined to be opposition for the next 20 years.”
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Keir Starmer was mocked over his performance as Leader of the Opposition
Keir Starmer sparked criticism over his soft stance on the Government
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Labour voters, in particular, appeared to take issue with Sir Keir’s comments on Michael Gove being granted permission to have his daughter tested for coronavirus after she developed symptoms while NHS staff struggled for weeks to get tested for COVID-19.
Sir Keir insisted NHS and social care staff should be given priority as he insisted he would not “jump the queue” but refused to comment on Mr Gove’s behaviour despite repeated prompts from GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
The lack of comment prompted a furious reaction from Twitter users, with one saying: “I’m not point scoring Keir Starmer but you really need to be straight and talk straight.
“Gove was wrong. People know it was wrong. You think it was wrong. Please say it. GMB don’t disappoint. We need strong Labour.”
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Twitter users have suggested Piers Morgan would make a better Leader of the Opposition
Another user said: “Specific question from Piers and Susanna about Michael Gove’s behaviour over using his influence to get a test for a member of his family.
“Oppose those b******s Keir. People won’t forgive you if you don’t.”
Sir Keir also faced some backlash over his demands for the Government to unveil their strategy to have the UK exit the coronavirus lockdown Boris Johnson imposed over three weeks ago.
The Labour Party leader said: “It’s obvious the lockdown is going to continue and we’re going to support that.
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Keir Starmer urged the Government to release their lockdown exit strategy
“But I do think the question is what comes next and there are many reasons why I’m calling for an exit strategy.
“The first one is trust – people are trusting the Government, they are broadly speaking complying with the rules but they do need to see light at the end of the tunnel.
“I’m not asking the Government for timings, I understand why they cannot give us timings. But we do need the trust of the public as we go forward.”
Sir Keir added: “The second thing is planning. There’s some criticism of the planning of the Government previously.
“We need to make sure there’s planning for the exit strategy because if part of the exit strategy is testing and tracing, it may well be that decision on testing need to be taken now.”