Piers Morgan has questioned why Covid-19 restrictions should be lifted for Christmas when the same was not done for other religious festivals that have fallen during the pandemic.
The Good Morning Britain host exclaimed the ‘entire health of the nation’ should not rest on whether we can ‘gorge together on turkey for a couple of days’ over the Christmas period.
He spoke on Wednesday morning’s edition of the ITV breakfast show insisting that we should ‘all be in this together or not’.
Piers was reacting to the news that the government is considering allowing ‘five days of indoor household mixing‘ so families in the UK can ‘celebrate’ Christmas without breaking the law.
However, last weekend saw the cancellation of almost all normal festivities to celebrate Diwali. Instead, it was celebrated virtually via video streams.
Speaking to the BBC about Diwali, Rishi Sunak – himself a practicing Hindu – said: “For us as Hindus, Diwali is special, and it’s going to be difficult this year.”
He added: “But we’ve got Zoom, we’ve got the phone, and most importantly, we’ve got each other. Whether you can see someone or not the bond of family, that bond of love is always going to be there.”
Before explaining that ‘happy times’ will follow afterwards, and ‘to keep everyone safe right now, just follow the rules’.
In July, last-minute lockdown rules were put in place to ban the mixing of separate households in Northern England to help combat a spike in Covid-19 at the time. The news fell two hours before Eid celebrations began.
Speaking at the time to the BBC, Qari Asim, a senior Imam in Leeds, urged people to stay safe before explaining that: “BAME communities have been disproportionately affected during Covid-19 and therefore we need to take extra precautionary measures.
“There has been a sense of deflation and disappointment as restrictions have been placed on Hajj for the first time in such a manner. But we are not alone. Other faith communities have had to make sacrifices. We hope these spiritual sacrifices will enable us all to defeat Covid-19 together.”
At the time, Matt Hancock denied that the new restrictions were aimed at curtailing Eid celebrations.
Nevertheless, Piers Morgan pointed out on GMB this morning: “Why should Christians get it easier?
“Seriously, why should we? Why should we be the ones that have to have our festival saved when we didn’t do that for other religious festivals in the last few weeks?”
Morgan added: “We’re all in this together, or we’re not.
“I don’t think the entire health of the nation should rest on whether we can gorge together on turkey for a couple of days. Because personally, I think we have to be slightly selfless about this.”
Prime minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said: “We are looking at ways to ensure that people can spend time with close family over Christmas at the end of what there’s been an incredibly difficult year.”
Paul O’Grady wins posthumous National TV Award six months after his passing
A well deserved win
Comedian Paul O’Grady has won a National Television Award after passing away six months ago.
The late star was given the posthumous award at the ceremony, held on September 5th, for his popular show For the Love of Dogs.
The beloved TV personality, who was famous for his alter-ego Lily Savage, won over Clarkson’s Farm, Sort Your Life Out and The Martin Lewis Money Show Live, in the factual entertainment category.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home representatives accepted the award on O’Grady’s behalf.
They were accompanied by a rescue dog, who even gave its own hilarious tribute to the star as it began barking during the acceptance speech from Shaun Opperman, Veterinary Director at Battersea.
Mr Opperman said: “I would like to thank Paul, of course, and the ITV team… for shining a light on the care that we’re able to provide for the 100 or more dogs and cats that come to Battersea every week.
“I know that Paul cared deeply for each and every one of those animals. I think that something about their plight and their vulnerability really struck a chord with Paul. He often referred to Battersea as his second home.”
In a post on O’Grady’s Instagram page, a representative for the late star from Birkenhead wrote: “We wanted to take a moment to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’ at the NTAs.
“Your support means the world to us, and it’s a true testament to the incredible work @paulogrady has done for dogs and all animals.
“We couldn’t have done it without your unwavering support. It’s a moment of celebration not only for us but for all those furry friends who benefit from Paul’s dedication and passion.
“So, here’s to @paulogrady and his tireless efforts in making the world a better place for our beloved animals. We raise a glass in his honor and look forward to continuing our mission to help those in need.
“Thank you once again for your votes and for being a part of our journey.”
Everyone’s favourite duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, aka Ant and Dec, won the best TV presenter accolade for the 22nd consecutive time.
The pair said they are the ‘luckiest two men on telly’ in their acceptance speech, with McPartlin adding that they will continue to present together for ‘as long as you want us to’.
Hit BBC series Happy Valley, written by Sally Wainwright, was among the other big winners on the night. The hit three-part series bagged the returning drama prize.
Star of the show, actress Sarah Lancashire, also won best drama performance for her portrayal of Sergeant Catherine Cawood, ahead of her co-star James Norton, as well as Queen Charlotte’s India Amarteifio, Vera’s Brenda Blethyn and Call The Midwife’s Judy Parfitt.
Speaking to the audience, Lancashire said she ‘adored every scene’ of Happy Valley and ‘will never forget it’.
Married At First Sight UK reveals start date for brand new series
This looks like a good one!
The new series of Married At First Sight is returning to TV screens this month.
Fans of the E4 reality show can have their fill of the popular dating show which is set to return to screens sooner rather than later, on September 18th.
Fourteen brides and grooms will head to the altar in the hope of meeting their perfect match.
The new group of singles agree to marry a partner chosen for them by a team of relationship experts, Charlene Douglas, Paul C Brunson and Mel Schilling.
Set to be the longest running series yet, there will be an added six shows for fans to indulge in all the drama for a bit longer.
And if that’s not enough, this year will see a star from Geordie Shore as well as the first transgender contestant taking part in the search for marital bliss.
From Geordie Shore to MAFS UK, Nathaniel Valentino, 36, an events marketing manager with a jet-set lifestyle, is always on the move.
Perhaps a difficult one for the experts to match, Nathaniel says: “I don’t trust anyone but myself, but I hope they’ve done a good job that’s all I can say.”
Ella Ding will make history for the show being its first transgender bride.
Ella, 29, who lives with her nan, says they make the dynamic duo everyone needs.
Hopeful in meeting ‘the one’, Ella said: “This experiment is so much more than just me getting married. I see this as a big deal for someone who has transitioned.”
After the ceremony and celebrations are over, true love is well and truly put to the test, as the newlyweds will embark on a luxurious honeymoon, before moving in with each other AND their fellow couples.
New Netflix docuseries about horrifying true story which inspired The Conjuring 3
It sounds truly terrifying!
A new docuseries is coming to Netflix covering the horrifying true events which inspired The Conjuring 3.
Spooky season is almost here and horror and true crime lovers are in for a fright, as a new docuseries is set to land on Netflix next month.
The Devil on Trial – which is based on the story of The Conjuring 3 movie, The Devil Made Me Do It – will delight fans of the Conjuring saga.
Directed by Christopher Holt, The Devil on Trial ‘explores the first — and only — time demonic possession has officially been used as a defence in a US murder trial’.
This must-see true crime tale includes ‘firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and a shocking murder – forcing us to reflect on our fear of the unknown’.
Those of you who have been brave enough to see The Conjuring 3 will already have a good idea of what it’s about, but for those who haven’t seen it, here’s a synopsis of the story…
In 1981, Arne Cheyenne Johnson claimed he had been possessed by a demonic supernatural entity that caused him to murder his landlord Alan Bono during a party.
Johnson denied personal responsibility for the crime.
The unusual and, let’s face it, wild claim, was officially put before the court, with the case going to trial – which became known as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case.
An expert ghost hunting team were enlisted as part of the defence to prove Johnson’s innocence.
Ed and Lorraine Warren visited the family prior to the murder while trying to rid 11-year-old David Glatzel of a demon.
While having a formal exorcism performed on David, according to those present, a demon fled the child’s body and took up residence within Johnson.
Just a few months later, Johnson killed his landlord with his defence lawyer arguing he was possessed by an evil being.
But the judge ruled that such a defence could never be proven and was therefore infeasible in a court of law. Johnson was subsequently convicted, though he served only five years of a 10 to 20-year sentence.
The chilling tale attracted widespread media attention and has been adapted for screen and books, including The Conjuring 3.
The Devil on Trial is set to land on Netflix on October 17th.