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You could drive a bus through Johnson’s muddled mask rules


I AM blooming furious. This face mask debacle is going too far. I decided to get an early bus into the city this morning in order to pick up my car.

After waiting for a short 20 minutes, the bus finally turned up and the bus driver, looking past the woman who I let on before me, asked whether I had a face mask.

I should add, by the way, that the bus (which would normally be packed at this time) was practically empty; just the one muzzled passenger on the lower deck and, from what I could see as it slowed to our stop, not many on the top deck either.

Anyway, I answered no, but said I was medically exempt because I’m claustrophobic and have hayfever. He asked me for a form which, at present, I don’t have.

I imagine there’ll be a mad rush for exemption certificates soon – I will certainly be calling my doctor once I’ve finished this and for anyone reading this who can’t wear a mask, I’d advise you to do the same. I hear that I may need to wear a face mask to go to the doctor’s, so that’ll be an interesting exercise.

Long story short, he wouldn’t let me on the bus, so I’m going to have to ask a neighbour for a lift. I am furious beyond belief for many reasons, but I’ll just start with a couple.

Why now? I could just about wrap my brain around mandatory face masks at the end of February or the start of March when the Covid-19 outbreak occurred. But now, when all evidence shows it’s dissipating? I can’t think why the Government would put this in now, unless of course it is yet another test of control.

Also, if these muzzles work, if they keep out the virus and stop the spread of the transmission, then why are mask wearers worried? If they’re protected, they have nothing to fear, right?

Johnson has spent the last month talking about kick-starting the economy, so why he has come up with a hare-brained decision to effectively keep more people out of shops and businesses is a mystery.

I hope Johnson uses some of Sunak’s loose cash to buy his government a brain cell or two. They obviously need it!

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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