Dr Hilary Jones says he ‘doesn’t want to be Dr Killjoy’ after rows with Richard Madeley

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Dr Hilary Jones has insisted that he "doesn't want to be Dr Killjoy" after becoming involved in a number of clashes with Richard Madeley over the easing of lockdown.

For the third day of the week, the panel discussed the potential delaying of so-called 'Freedom Day', with all restrictions likely not being lifted entirely on June 21.

"I guess that people are starting to make decisions based on their own assessment," said Richard, going on to explain his own situation.

"We've booked the Chunnel and we'll be going to France at the end of July," he declared. "And we'll be going to France even if it's on the orange list. And the government said, 'Yes you can legally go but we'd much rather you didn't because we don't think it's safe.'

Dr Hilary Jones has insisted that he 'doesn't want to be Dr Killjoy'
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"Well, actually I've had the double jab, Judy's had the double jab, we'll quarantine when we come back. We have judged that actually it is safe to go and we'll be responsible when we get up and that's our assessment.

"I would have said that six months ago we would have gone with the government advice."

Dr Hilary pointed out that if you travel in a car – as opposed to a plane – and were staying in a private villa it was much safer.

Richard Madeley declared that he was going on holiday to France
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"So that's not a bad assessment and you know that you'll need to self-isolate," he pointed out. "And no doubt you will, but other people don't.

"I'm in favour on the 21st of June of selective easing of restrictions. There's a big difference between going to a restaurant where the business is very careful for people to wear masks as they go to their table, sit down and there's a small group of people who know each other, having a nice lunch and a glass of wine.

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"There's a big difference between that and 200 people dancing in a nightclub with no ventilation. So selective easing, I'm in favour. I want businesses to get back and I want people to get back to normal.

"It's good for their mental health, I know that. I don't want to be Dr Killjoy! But we have rising number of cases, we don't know how long vaccinations are effective for, there will be other variants. And while things are getting worse in various parts of the country, you still need to be cautious."

This comes after Dr Hilary and Richard first clashed on Monday after the doctor suggested that 'Freedom Day' should be delayed by at least a couple of months and potentially until Christmas.

The pair were again at odds the next day after Dr Hilary branded science advisors Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty "the Chuckle Brothers".

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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