Piers Morgan defends his decision to fly to Antigua for Christmas after urging people to ‘compromise’
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Piers Morgan has defended himself after confessing he flew to Antigua over Christmas.
The Good Morning Britain star, 55, insisted he was perfectly entitled to spend Christmas in the Caribbean island, despite urging people to “make compromises” for the festive period due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Piers hit back after right-wing political site Guido Fawkes' Twitter account criticised him for jetting off for a sun soaked Christmas break.
They wrote: “Government advice in December was not to travel unless it was essential.
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“Piers was publicly calling for Christmas to be cancelled and tougher restrictions.
“He flew to Antigua first class on Virgin before Christmas Day.”
Piers, who recently slammed Lauren Goodger for refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine, then quoted the tweet before replying with: “Hi Guido, Happy New Year. 1) The Govt said travel abroad from Tier 3 was allowed if people went straight to the airport.
“2) I didn't call for Christmas to be cancelled. 3) I haven't flown on Virgin for a year 4) I last flew First Class in February. Otherwise, spot on!”
Piers later shared a video of the Transport Secretary explaining the rules around travel during Tier 3 restrictions, which the GMB star claimed he was in when he travelled.
In the clip, Grant Shapps says: “We’re asking people to be very sensible about their travel an, particularly in Tier 3.
“You are allowed to travel abroad but we asked people to go straight to the airport to leave. And, consequently, when you come back you’ll either need to quarantine or take a test.”
As the outspoken star, who recently said he’s trying to “lose the lockdown lard”, shared the clip on Twitter, he wrote on top: “Twitter seems very confused over what people in Tier 3 were allowed to do with regard to international travel – so here is the answer, via the horse’s mouth”.
It comes after Piers urged people to “make compromises” for Christmas on Twitter.
He wrote on Thursday 19 November: “Covid-19 doesn’t give a flying f**k about Christmas. If we have to make compromises this year, so be it.
“We can still attend virtual church services, & still have virtual meals with all the trimmings. The vaccines are coming fast, let’s save as many lives as possible until then.”
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It comes after Piers’ 27 year old son Spencer revealed he had jetted off to Barbados for New Year.
Spencer, who escaped Tier 4 London to the family’s Tier 2 Sussex home “just in time”, posed in a pair of blue trunks as he stood in a sun soaked garden as the sea can be seen in the background.
As he posted the photo on his Instagram page, Spencer tagged Barbados in the location and wrote in the caption: “Farewell to an absolute shambles of a year” followed by a peace sign emoji.
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