‘You're not qualified to comment on national heroes’ Piers Morgan slams Lily Allen in row

On Tuesday’s , in a heated debate with Afua Hirsch on the ITV breakfast show.

Lily has since hit out at Piers on Twitter over the segment.

At 9.16am, she tweeted her 5.92 million followers: “FORMER EDITOR OF TABLOID NEWSPAPER said: ‘The problem is that you take national heroes who have done extraordinary things for this country and you pick holes and you try to besmirch them and disparage their reputation. Why?’

“I think he may have been projecting.”

Piers then shared Lily’s tweet with his own 6.52 million followers at 9.29am with the caption: “I don’t think you’re qualified to comment on ‘national heroes’, Ms Allen.”

On Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, Piers slammed Ms Hirch’s attempts to “besmirch” Winston Churchill when she claimed he was racist.

Piers, 53, remarked: “The problem is that you take national heroes who have done extraordinary things for this country and you pick holes and you try to besmirch them and disparage their reputation. Why?

“You know what? Beating Adolf Hitler, winning the war, stopping him exterminating every Jew he could get his hands on, these to me are far greater achievements than the negatives that lurk in his past, which lurk in anybody’s past.”

He went on to ask Afua to name a British hero she respects.

But she replied she was not “comfortable with the concept of hero”.

Piers asked: “Who do you respect?

“Which national British hero – you are British, you said – do you actually have complete respect for? Name one.

“You don’t have anybody you can point to? You can’t name a single person in British history you deem to be heroic.”

Afua replied: “I am not comfortable with the idea of heroes.

“The concept of hero is unhelpful.

“I am a British person, I think a fundamental British value is integrity and intellectual curiosity and I can’t understand why we as a modern nation in 2018 are only comfortable with the propagandist version of history.

“Why can’t we have a more interesting relationship with history?

“Churchill was far more fascinating than the cardboard cutout saint that we paint him to be. He was a deeply flawed man.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.

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