Lorraine Kelly slammed the government for “smashing” Covid-19 lockdown rules to “smithereens”, as she put Matt Hancock on the spot in a live interview.
The host did not hold back, as she wanted answers from the Health Secretary on whether he thought the public had lost trust in the government.
Following on from the recent scandal with Dominic Cummings back in May, over claims he broke lockdown rules, as well as referring to the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Lorraine said Hancock was “lucky” the public were sticking to any rules.
He denied this to be the case, but Lorraine put it to him that government figures possibly bending the rules may have had an impact on others flouting lockdown.
She said: “Over this time trust has eroded because of lack of clarity, senior government figures flouted the law like Dominic Cummings, they smashed it to smithereens.
“You’re lucky the country has been so compliant.”
Hancock was quick to downplay this, responding that it wasn’t the case as claimed.
He said on the show: “It’s really interesting, because we didn’t see that response to some of the media stories. We have seen fantastic compliance with the rules that have been needed by people across this country and that’s been terrific.
“I know there were lots of questions about compliance with the rules. But actually people have been really, really brilliant at following them and that’s for good reason, right, because it’s within all our interests to control this virus and get it right down.
“As the science has learnt more about the virus, so we’ve updated the rules, and people I think totally understand this is a virus no one knew anything about six months ago.
“And the scientists have been painstakingly working to understand it more. And so, of course, we have updated the rules and the guidance as we’ve learnt more about the virus, as you would expect us to and people have been absolutely brilliant at following those rules.”
He added: “I expect to see exactly the same in shops in the same we have on public transport. Of course that enforcement is available in the same way that shopkeepers can call the police on other matters.
“But I just expect the public to be very sensible about this as we are all on the same side in the battle against the virus.”
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.