Piers Morgan has praised Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam after it was revealed he is stepping down from his role as England’s Deputy Medical Director.
The broadcaster and former newspaper editor, who has sharply criticized the government’s handling of the pandemic, regretted seeing the professor go.
Sir Jonathan, famous for his imaginative and colorful metaphors and analogies at Covid briefings, will continue in his role until March.
Mr Morgan said: “I am very sorry that Professor Van-Tam has resigned as Deputy CMO. He has been the best communicator throughout the pandemic – open, clear, trustworthy and charming.
“I’m afraid our best podium striker got tired of playing with a bunch of lying hypocrites who keep scoring terrible own goals.”
Sir Jonathan is taking up a new role as Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who regularly briefed the nation alongside Sir Jonathan and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, thanked Sir Jonathan “for his exceptional contribution to our country and his invaluable advice during the pandemic,” while Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it was the Fall has been an “honor” to work with the “National Treasure”.
The Prime Minister has been urged to quit after he admitted attending a Bring Your Own Alcohol event at Garden No 10 on May 20, 2020.
He has insisted he believed it was a work event and No.10 said he had not seen the email urging staff to bring their own alcohol to the “socially distanced drinks”.
Mr Johnson apologized for the event in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
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