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Arrogant #SajidJavid admonishes #RosenaAllinKhan over #tone. But where were #Tory MPs’ #masks?

Sajid Javid (left) and Rosena Allin-Khan (right): he’s the Health Secretary but she’s the doctor. And he’s still got the cheek to lecture her.

Tories never learn, do they?

It comes of being rich, entitled (or so they think) and devastatingly ignorant.

So it should come as no surprise that, after an incident in which failure to wear masks in the House of Commons led to a Covid-19 scare, many Tories have gone back to lounging around the Chamber without masks on (presumably on the basis of the Rees-Mogg principle: that you can’t catch Covid-19 from other people if you know them personally).

And when a Labour MP who is a serving NHS doctor pointed this out and asked when Tory backbenchers would start wearing their masks…

The new Health Secretary had the cheek to try to police her “tone”:

Take note of the following:

And who was the first person to tell Dr Allin-Khan to watch her tone, again?

Ah, yes – Matt Hancock.

Hancock was a useless Health Secretary. He knew nothing about his subject and spent the whole of his tenure handing out fat contracts to friends of the Conservative Party and getting nothing in return while the Covid-19 death toll became the worst in the world.

He was kicked out of office for snogging a former college friend he had nepotistically installed as his adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care – possibly for the purpose of snogging her – in contravention of social distancing requirements.

And Javid? As David Osland states above, he’s an investment banker. In addition to suggesting that Dr Allin-Khan’s tone was wrong, he showed that, like Hancock, he doesn’t know how to keep the UK safe from Covid-19:

He’s incompetent and the country is not in a mood to tolerate that right now. He’s on borrowed time.

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Boris Johnson maskless row – Raab tries to defend him on TV… hopelessly

Against all advice: Boris Johnson is pictured wandering, maskless, through a Northumbrian Hospital whose administrators demand that everybody – without exception – must wear a face covering while on the premises. The message is clear: he thinks the rules do not apply to him.

Why do Tories do this? Is it just so they can have a headline somewhere saying, “The Justice Secretary said he understood the Prime Minister followed all the advice he was given”?

Saying this is what you understand is not the same as saying this is the fact, of course.

And it seems clear that it was not the fact in the case of Boris Johnson’s visit to a Northumbrian Hospital on Monday (November 8).

The Northumbria NHS website states clearly that visitors “must wear a face-covering at all times”, as Peter Stefanovic states, below.

Yet Raab put up the pretence, on Good Morning Britain:

They must know why can all see through this transparent fakery.

Or are they banking on the gullibility of the British public?

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Boris Johnson ran away from corruption debate to run maskless through a hospital

Totally irresponsible: You can imagine Johnson’s excuse, though – “Er, er, they’re only northerners. I was trying to see how many I could contaminate in the shortest possible time. Haha!”

He’s totally irresponsible and a danger to everybody in the United Kingdom.

That was made abundantly clear when Boris Johnson elected to dodge the Parliamentary debate on MP corruption, pay and second jobs – to wander maskless through a hospital.

He, above all people, should know that nobody should go without a mask in an area where Covid-19 is likely to be found, caught, contracted. He fronted so many of the public information broadcasts about it.

Yet there he was – and you can see the photographic evidence for yourself.

What’s really amazing is the fact that he did this after contracting Covid-19, probably from visiting a hospital and shaking hands with the Covid patients who were there:

Even more shocking is the fact that the minister Johnson’s government put up to do the morning media round actually made the following excuse for his non-attendance:

Er, no – he was doing the equivalent of his erstwhile hide-in-a-fridge routine.

After the debacle of the last two years, won’t we all?

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Tories have U-turned on face masks. This will get messy…

As I write this, Boris Johnson is giving a press conference saying that practically all Covid-19-related restrictions on social contact are to be removed on July 19, meaning you can leave your mask off – anywhere – if you want to.

Official advice on this has changed since this was originally suggested, though:

Yes – you will be expected to wear a mask in some circumstances. If you don’t – and people get sick as a result – then the public will get the blame. That seems to be the only reason for the change at this time.

Professor Alice Roberts (she of TV boffin fame) fabricated a conversation between herself and Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi in which she pointed out that this was a huge U-turn in government rhetoric.

She also pointed out that his figures leave a lot to be desired and that his call for “vigilance” means nothing if we don’t know what he means by it.

Others have been less kind to our Vaccines Minister:

I reckon that’s right.

Thank goodness I live in Wales, where the law on face masks will continue to be rigidly defined:

Remember the golden rule of Johnson rule, though:

Rules only apply to you: Boris Johnson and his cronies will do what they like, no matter what they tell you.

Yes, the rules only apply to you. That’s why we’ve heard the following from Tory ministers:

If you’re still desperately hanging on to the myth that the Johnson government can be trusted on this, let’s look at its record:

On the current predictions, perhaps we should be asking questions of SAGE:

Finally, if you’re still willing to give Boris Johnson the benefit of the doubt, let me remind you of something else he is understood to have said:

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If this doesn’t convince you the Tories are doing their best to kill us all, what will?

No face masks, no testing: school halls will soon be as packed as this, again. And with no demand for mandatory masks and testing, they’ll soon be chock-full of Covid-19 too.

Tory schools minister Nick Gibb has decided that face masks and asymptomatic Covid-19 testing with be optional in schools.

You know what this means. Face masks are supposed to protect other people if we have the virus – and the ones who refuse to wear them will be the contagious idiots.

The same applies to asymptomatic testing. They’ll say, “I don’t feel bad! Why should I have a swab up my nose?” And then they’ll infect your sons and daughters, you, and everyone you know.

Charming.

And all made possible by the damnfool Tories who’ve made such a pig’s ear of the Covid crisis so far.

We are saying it is not mandatory for schools to have masks in classrooms but it is highly recommended because we want to do everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission in the school

said Gibb.

Of course we can’t make it [asymptomatic testing] mandatory … but we just hope that most parents will see the wisdom of testing their children twice a week.

It is as though the Tories are trying to make it seem they are doing all they can to minimise the risk of infection – while actually doing all they can to increase it.

Isn’t it?

Source: Face coverings in secondary schools will not be compulsory, says minister | The Canary

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Bryant admonished by Hoyle over ‘face-pulling’ during PMQs. Shame it was nothing to do with Johnson

Chris Bryant: what did he do?

Politics has come to a pretty pass when Chris Bryant pulling faces at the Speaker is more interesting than Prime Minister’s Questions!

That’s what appears to have happened today (December 9).

During the weekly exchange between Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle halted proceedings and addressed Bryant:

It seems Bryant had left the chamber but returned later, standing next to the Speaker’s chair for a hushed discussion, at the end of which, Hoyle was heard saying, “Mr Bryant I think we need this conversation later.”

Bryant shrugged. Some say he was heard saying, “Fine.” And then he left the chamber.

Speculation about what it was that Bryant actually did to cause such ire in the Speaker has been rife:

Some of the news websites are claiming that Bryant’s offence was simply standing in front of a door.

According to Politics Home,

One backbencher who was sat in the Commons said the row was about where Bryant was standing, allegedly in front of a door that had been left open for ventilation.

The MP said: “The speaker told him to move and he wouldn’t. They then had a face pulling and finger pointing contest.”

If true, it is a shame. Bryant’s reputation would have soared if he had been pulling faces at Johnson, as this now-deleted tweet indicates:

It reads: “Good to see Chris Bryant chased out of the House by the Speaker for pulling a slightly quizzical face which was clearly putting the Prime Minister off from telling his intergalactic lies.”

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If this is how Tory MPs regard #socialdistancing they can’t expect us to do as they say

#ToryLawBreakers yet again: this time Tory MPs ignored social distancing to push to the front of the queue to vote – on a Bill that would break international law if passed.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised: as MPs voted to break international law, they also broke their own rules on social distancing.

How can they expect us to obey those laws – including the new “rule of six”, when they set such a bad example?

Here’s what happened, via the Enfield Independent:

Pass readers in the division lobbies used by MPs to record their votes stopped working.

They instead had to queue up, walk through the chamber and pause at the despatch box to announce their name and vote.

The problems emerged during a vote on the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, with MPs asked to approve clause 46 – which is at the centre of a devolution row.

SNP health spokeswoman Dr Philippa Whitford [stated that] there was a “total failure” of social distancing in Parliament for the vote.

In a tweet, she said: “Now pass-readers aren’t working in either voting lobby so we see the Rees-Mogg conga in all its glory – with obvious crowding in members lobby & total failure of social distancing! Interesting that wearing of #Facecoverings limited to Welsh, NI & Scots MPs.”

Labour former minister Ben Bradshaw added: “More chaos in the Commons voting lobbies tonight as the card reading machines that replaced the previous perfectly good electronic voting system break down again & arrogant Tory MPs push to the front of the long queue completely ignoring social distancing rules.”

Were there no police on the Parliament estate, to arrest these lawbreakers?

If not, why not? There’s supposed to be a police presence there, just to protect our democratically-elected representatives from lunatics and terrorists.

There is a clear precedent here, though:

As Conservative MPs clearly do not accept the need for social distancing – or masks – in circumstances decided by their own whim, we don’t have to either.

Clearly everybody in the real world that isn’t Westminster Never-Neverland needs to use their judgement, but if we get challenged on apparent law-breaking we can simply invoke the Clause 46 precedent.

You never know – it might become as popular as the Cummings excuse that came before it.

Source: Total failure of social distancing during House of Commons vote, claims MP | Enfield Independent

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If schools are opening again, everybody should be masked EVERYWHERE – for safety

A face mask: your youngsters will probably look better in theirs than this image – kids can be very creative – so why not let them stay safe by letting them wear their masks all the time they’re at school?

Is everybody totally confused now, about Covid-19 rules when the schools open again in September?

I am.

Apparently Boris Johnson has u-turned on a previous decision and decided that, in England,

staff and pupils in secondary schools in local lockdown areas like Manchester and Birmingham will be required to wear face coverings when moving around the building and in communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks will not be mandated in the classroom.

Elsewhere,

masks will not be obligatory but school leaders will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is “right in their particular circumstances”.

So he’ll be able to blame head teachers if outbreaks occur.

There is only one sane choice for head teachers who are given it: Masks everywhere.

I wrote back in March, “Children are brilliant at spreading disease. I remember a trip to Lyme Regis, back when I was at junior school; one girl on the coach had chicken pox and was found to have it very soon – but by the end of the week we all had it and one of the teachers spent the following term extremely ill with it.”

If that happens with Covid-19, it could be fatal.

I am supported in my believe by this:

That’s an Oxford professor, expert in infections, by the way.

Finally, there’s the fact that adults are far more likely to suffer the worst effects of Covid-19 than children – and for single parents that could be disastrous:

The plan at the moment is to punish parents who believe the best protection for their children is to keep them away from school.

It doesn’t matter whether Johnson is deliberately trying to cause trouble to them or simply doesn’t have the intelligence to realise that people will be hurt because he hasn’t provided for them.

The result will be the same.

Source: Coronavirus: Boris Johnson U-turns on advice against face masks in schools | The Independent

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Thugs who don’t understand the rules are terrorising people over face masks

A face mask: these are mandatory in enclosed spaces in England – but some people are exempt from the rule and anybody trying to bully those people needs to be shown the error of their ways.

Look at this: a woman has received abuse for not wearing a mask while out in England – even though she is exempt.

The problem isn’t just that the abusers don’t understand the rules.

It’s that they don’t care.

They’re using Covid-19 restrictions to bully people – especially disabled people and their carers.

That’s the result of 10 years of unremitting government anti-disablist propaganda.

So not only do they think it is okay to abuse Louise Sharp, of Whitley Bay, for not wearing a mask when she needs to have her face clear to communicate with her autistic daughter; they think they are encouraged to do so.

Ms Sharp ended up having a panic attack and now she simply doesn’t have the confidence to go out.

That’s because of these abusers.

They don’t have the right to question her; it’s none of their business.

Shop staff do, along with others in authority in enclosed spaces – as long as they do it in a polite way that doesn’t assume wrongdoing.

And everyone needs to be aware that some people are exempt from wearing masks, and who those exemptions cover. In England, they are:

 

  • Children under the age of 11.
  • Those unable to put on or wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or disability.
  • People for whom wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress.
  • Anyone assisting someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.

 

This Writer is unlikely to be accosted by such bullies; if I were to go to places where the mask rule is in effect, I would wear one.

But if I saw someone being – call it what it is – attacked in that way, rest assured I would not walk by and let it happen.

I hope Vox Political readers everywhere would do the same.

Source: Whitley Bay mask-exempt woman urges ‘more understanding’ – BBC News

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Advisor who got Tories to buy useless PPE loses his unpaid position. Is that really enough?

Liz Truss: she slipped her buddy Andrew Mills £150 million for useless PPE, launching a huge corruption scandal in the process. Now the Tories have quietly dropped him from his position as an unpaid advisor to the Board of Trade.

Some might say it’s poetic justice that Andrew Mills, the man who advised Liz Truss to buy unusable face masks for the NHS, has lost his position as an advisor to the Board of Trade.

But what’s happened to all the money that she paid the firm he also (as it happens) advises, Ayanda Capital?

Was that repaid?

If not, then it seems the loss of his unpaid position – as part of a wider reshuffle and not even connected to the PPE scandal – is no punishment at all.

Source: Adviser in £150m PPE scandal is axed | News | The Times

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