Stanley Johnson has been criticised for saying it took his son Boris to go into intensive care to make the UK realise how serious coronavirus is.
Last month, Stanley was slammed for saying he would still be going to the pub despite Boris urging people to stay at home.
The 79-year-old has now said he feels “relief” that the prime minister is making a slow recovery.
Stanley said he thinks Brits are now taking the pandemic more seriously after seeing Boris in intensive care.
Boris is out of intensive care
A Downing Street spokesperson said on Thursday (April 9) that Boris was out of intensive care and was in good spirits.
What has Stanley said?
Stanley said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I do think about this whole event of Boris going into intensive care, now happily coming out, it has actually served an amazing purpose.
“It’s got the whole country to realise this is a serious event.”
Stanley Johnson tells @bbcnickrobinson he feels "relief" his son Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care and is "thankful for the extraordinary work of the National Health Service". #R4Today https://t.co/Adp8Kr4nbr pic.twitter.com/KGycpYUrSq
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) April 10, 2020
He added: “If it can hit the Prime Minister for heaven’s sake, well, you know, it does come close to home.
“He almost took one for the team and we’ve got to make sure we play the game properly now.”
However, Stanley’s comments have been criticised by some listeners.
Many pointed out Stanley refused to follow Government guidelines when Boris urged people to stay at home.
What did Stanley say on This Morning?
Host Phillip Schofield said: “But your son just told you not to.”
Stanley replied: “He said we should avoid going to pubs, but if I had to go to a pub, I’d go to a pub.”
Now, people have criticised Stanley for his recent comments about Brits not taking the outbreak seriously.
What did people say?
One person said: “Three weeks ago, Stanley Johnson proclaimed that he was going to ignore Government advice and still go to the pub.
“It’s good that he now realises ‘this is a serious event.’
“But disappointing that it’s the hospitalisation of his son for that to happen.”
Three weeks ago, Stanley Johnson proclaimed that he was going to ignore government advice and still go to the pub.
Its good that he now realises "this is a serious event", but disappointing that it the hospitalisation of his son for that to happen.
— Infestation of Clowns (@DaveyHaste) April 10, 2020
Another wrote: “Stanley Johnson telling everyone to heed the government’s advice about staying in this weekend.
“The same Stanley Johnson who said he would still go to the pub.””
1/4 Stanley Johnson telling everyone to heed the governments advice about staying in this weekend.
— Oliver Laws (@lawswords) April 10, 2020
A third tweeted: “17 March 2020: ‘Of course, I’ll go to a pub if I need to go to a pub,’ says Stanley Johnson.
“10 April 2020: It took my son to become ill to get the country to realise that this is a serious event!!!
“I think we’ve heard enough from the Johnsons for a while.”
17 March 2020: Of course, I’ll go to a pub if I need to go to a pub,” says Stanley Johnson.
10 April 2020: It took my son to become ill to get the country to realise that this is a serious event!!!
I think we've heard enough from the Johnsons for a while.#BorisTheButcher
— Jon Jones (@JonJonesSnr) April 10, 2020
One added: “I genuinely despise Stanley Johnson.
“The man who only a few weeks ago was saying he would just pop down the pub.
“Now his son is ill, [he] tried to suggest it took his son being ill for the whole country to realise how serious COVID-19 is.”
I genuinely despise Stanley Johnson. The man who only a few weeks ago was saying he would just pop down the pub and now his son is ill tried to suggest It took his son being ill for the whole country to realise how serious COVID is.
— Justine Gillespie (@justine1969) April 10, 2020
Meanwhile, one person branded him a “hypocrite”.
What a hypocrite Stanley Johnson is. Moved to his second home, against all the guidelines. Saying his son, "took one for the team" was it? His son advised everyone to shake hands and mingle, Stanley Johnson said, let's all go the pub. FFS
— ⚫Yazz 1 reed 💚 anti-fascist (@Yah_Reed) April 10, 2020
The ultimate hypocrite Stanley Johnson is on @BBCr4today quoting Hamlet and saying that now Boris had been in intensive care it meant that people would take the virus seriously.
He was calling from Somerset, from his second home.
Rules still don’t apply to him, obviously.
— Dr (not medical) Lindsay Maxwell (@ParisDaguerre) April 10, 2020
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