Funny how the things we say come back to haunt us.
Boris Johnson infamously said that Muslim women who wear the burqa look like “bank robbers” and “letterboxes” in an Islamophobic newspaper column of a couple of years ago.
But now his government has issued a decree that we should all wear face-coverings when we leave the house, starting on June 15.
The response has been logical:
Government to make face coverings mandatory on public transport, despite one man arguing it makes people look like “letter boxes" and "bank robbers": pic.twitter.com/UPL2mNzNKJ
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) June 5, 2020
UK finally make masks compulsory on public transport. It’s hard to overfucking state just how useless this shower of incompetent bastards are. This decisions should have been made months ago & would have saved thousands of fucking lives. Our politicians are fucking useless. Sorry
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) June 4, 2020
Why only from 15th June? Why not NOW?! Why not last week, when everyone was sent back to work? https://t.co/Kf6EU3VfAl
— CrémantCommunarde#ActivistLawyer ⚖️ 😷 ✋ (@0Calamity) June 4, 2020
The answer is that it has been deemed necessary for people to wear face coverings as more of the UK’s workforce return to their place of employment due to the government’s unaccountable decision to ease lockdown while Covid-19 infections are still increasing (as shown by the fact that we are still at alert level 4).
The simple fact is that anybody in public should be wearing them anyway:
So the chief incompetents are now telling you that you must wear a face covering on the 15th June. Not now, not tomorrow, but in 10 days time.
Once again, we’re a mile behind every other developed nation on the planet.
Don’t wait 10 days, there’s no time like the present.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) June 5, 2020
The advice is to make masks at home, but I have a better idea.
If you read the caption under the image at the top of this article, you’ll know that US law enforcement officials seized masks that were intended to protect people from Covid-19 during anti-racism protests in that country. They are emblazoned with the words “Stop killing black people”.
Over here in the UK, government policy has led to a situation in which black people and other ethnic minorities are four times more likely to die of Covid-19 than the rest of us. The government suppressed a report on the reasons for this.
My suggestion is, wouldn’t it be a great idea to offer to take these masks off American hands and wear them ourselves – as a reminder to Boris Johnson that even his plans for dealing with the pandemic are racist?
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