Did he say it? That hardly matters now – Boris Johnson’s own behaviour, and that of his ministers, shows he agrees with the sentiment.
It’s true: the daily Covid-19 infection rate in the UK hit 52,009 on Thursday (October 21) – the highest since July 16.
The Tory government’s answer seems to be to bring forward its promised round of booster vaccinations. Big deal. They don’t stop people contracting the virus.
What’s the best way to cut infections? Easy: require people to wear face masks and enforce social distancing rules.
And the Tories are never going to do that again, from their behaviour in Parliament.
Remember them in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, when all but a couple of them were maskless?
Sajid Javid was challenged over that during his press conference later that day, and said people in enclosed spaces should wear a mask and think about those around them.
He was almost immediately contradicted by Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg who said Tory MPs don’t need to wear a mask because they all know each other.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Gillian Keegan went on the morning media round with the unbelievable claim that the number of Covid-19-related deaths – that reached their highest level since March earlier this week and have not dipped below 1,000 a week in months – were “very low”.
She came badly unstuck discussing Rees-Mogg’s bizarre claim about the Tory fraternity in the House of Commons:
Huh? She was making no sense at all.
But then, why should we expect better? She’s a Tory.
Sadly, she was a Tory faced with logic on this particular morning:
Sue, below, has a witty answer to that one:
No – for around 200 people a day it’s a choice between life and death. But the Tories won’t discuss that.
I never understood that either. And I bet thousands of school pupils are having trouble with it too.
I understand the experts are on my side:
And it seems politicians in other countries are listening to the experts:
And what do the Tories do when presented with evidence that mask-wearing – and implementing the so-called ‘Plan B’ of new social distancing restrictions – is the only sane way forward?
They say anybody suggesting such a thing is “virtue signalling”.
That’s right – and it’s something to remember next time you see hundreds of maskless Tories squashed up close to each other on the Green Benches, listening to Jacob Rees-Mogg pontificating.
These people have utter disregard for the wellbeing of those around them. And if they’ll endanger their Tory colleagues, there’s no reason to believe they’ll do anything at all to help you.
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