- government criticizes for releasing contradicting statements
- Johnson is good for rhetoric and not governance – Labour leader
- How can anyone respect this government? queries Neil Clark
A contradiction has trailed the wearing of mask in the United Kingdom as government officials released opposing statements.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove had said wearing a mask in shops wasn’t mandatory but “good manners” but Boris Johnson, the country Prime Minister announced that anyone in England or Wales who refuse to mask up will be fined £100.
A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said on Monday that “The prime minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from July 24.
This new rule only applies in England and Wales as Scotland had made face-covering mandatory.
Meanwhile, Gove had told BBC’s Andrew Marr that ‘ I don’t think mandatory, no’ and added that he would encourage people to mask up as it was “basic good manners, courtesy and consideration”.
A commentator, Neil Clark in reaction said: “How can anyone respect this government or follow their diktats?”
Clark also added “March, when virus at its peak: ‘The public could be putting themselves more at risk by wearing face masks’. Late July, when virus all but is gone: £100 fine if you don’t wear a face mask. And we are expected to just obey unquestioningly?
Clark was referring to a statement back in March by Jenny Harries, deputy Chief medical officer who warned against the use of masks. Harries said masks could “actually trap the virus” and cause the person wearing it to breath it in.
The commentator also noted the statement from the German supermarket chain Lidl offering the “first proper resistance to the tyrannical ‘New Normal'”
Lidl had reportedly said it won’t be enforcing the face mask mandate in Scotland – and presumably in England and Wales once it goes into effect. Clark had highlighted.
Meanwhile, the opposition Labour Party had also criticized the ruling government for waiting for another 11 days for the new guideliness to go into effect, adding that it had argued in favour of face covering back in May and was not backed by Johnson.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer described Johnson’s response as “slow”, arguing through his tweet that the PM is “good on the rhetoric but he is not good on governing”.