‘Tory-ruled England’ has ‘shunned’ Covid safeguards adopted in Wales, says Mirror
The Mirror has accused “incompetent” Boris Johnson of shunning coronavirus “safeguards” that have been adopted in Wales.
The left-wing London based news organisation has launched a blistering attack on the UK Prime Minister for “risking more unnecessary deaths by ignoring experts calling for the return of Covid masks” in “Tory-ruled England”.
Masks are still a requirement in a number of indoor settings in Wales, including on public transport, but this is not the case in England.
Conservative MPs have also come under increasing pressure to lead by example by wearing masks in the House of Commons.
Gillian Keegan, the minister of state for care, responded to calls to wear masks in the chamber by arguing that they should not become a “sign of virtue”.
In an interview with Sky News she claimed that masks were “less relevant” than vaccines and boosters in the race to curb surging cases of coronavirus. This is despite the single day case rate surpassing 50,000 for the first time in three months on Thursday.
On Wednesday, England’s Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, called for MPs to set a good example by masking up to help avoid further restrictions being introduced.
However No 10 declined to back his advice, and instead pointed to the guidance on wearing them around less familiar faces.
On Thursday Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Commons Leader, suggested that the Conservatives do not need to wear face coverings in the UK Parliament because of a “convivial, fraternal spirit”.
The editorial by the Mirror said: “Complacent and incompetent, Boris Johnson is risking more unnecessary deaths by ignoring experts calling for the return of Covid masks in England.
“The administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have adopted safeguards shunned by Tory-ruled England, so there will be no hiding place for the Prime Minister if his judgment turns out again to be fatally flawed.”