Dr Karen Postle says Tory MPs’ views on masks would be mildly amusing if it weren’t for the gravely serious consequences, while Susannah Kipling despairs that ‘virtue’ is being hijacked as a term of abuse. Plus letters from Emma Blashford-Snell, Mike Terry, Rosemary Gill and Christine Gallagher
Are Tory ministers vying with one another in a contest to portray the most libertarian, populist views in the face of scientific and medical evidence and advice? First we have Jacob Rees-Mogg’s arrant nonsense about the Tories not needing masks because their convivial spirit is preventing the spread of Covid.
Then the care minister, Gillian Keegan, bizarrely opines that wearing masks is virtue signalling and should be purely personal choice (Tory minister says face masks should not become a ‘sign of virtue’, 22 October). It could be mildly amusing if it weren’t for the gravely serious consequences of such ignorant nonsense.