IS THIS THE REASON COVID-19 cases are rising again across the UK: the senseless, maskless House of Commons image presented daily of a government front bench ignoring the ‘mask-up’ plea from its own Health Secretary?
Or is it the contradictory advice issued by Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg that Conservative MPs don’t need to wear masks during debates “because they know each other?”
He insisted they were acting in line with government Covid guidance which urges people to cover their faces around “people you don’t normally meet”. And he claimed that Opposition MPs were more likely to cover up “when there are television cameras around”.
But Health Secretary Sajid Javid told a Downing Street news conference that MPs should set an example to the public by wearing face coverings in the Commons.
Asked whether there was a “difference between what you’re telling people to do and the behaviour of some senior public figures” Mr Javid replied: “I think that’s a very fair point.”
No wonder the general public is abandoning masks and social distancing even as the nation’s death toll tops 140,000 and new cases are rising. Perhaps it’s time we sent a message to our Prime Minister to sort out this sorry state of affairs: