Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and even right-wing leaders have been seen wearing masks, but why not Keir Starmer?
Around the country, thanks to the appalling examples set by Dominic Cummings and other Tory figures – and encouraged by Boris Johnson’s anti-scientific haste to lift lockdown measures – discipline among the public in social distancing has essentially broken down.
Even though the government has finally admitted, after long denial in spite of the scientific consensus, that wearing masks helps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, masks are becoming less evident in many public settings, in spite of the greater mingling of the population in retail and hospitality settings, as any visit to a shop or a walk by a pub will reveal.
So why won’t Keir Starmer set an example by being seen wearing a mask?
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn routinely wears one for his shopping, and has done for at least 57 days now. Boris Johnson and even Donald Trump have made token efforts to sport one for PR purposes. But a search for Keir Starmer wearing a mask reveals no examples:
The government re-opened pubs a week ago, in spite of continuing high incidence of the virus among the population – and yesterday saw infections hit an 18-day high. Yet in spite of the official advice to wear a mask in enclosed settings, Starmer was pictured during a photo-opportunity in a pub this week and again wore no mask:
When hairdressers re-opened this week, Labour’s PR machine made much of Starmer’s visit to get his hair cut, yet even then, in persistent close proximity to his hairdresser – no mask:
A simple ‘behind the ears’ facemask wouldn’t have impeded his ‘do’ and would have set an example for others rushing back for styling after the lockdown to do what they can to protect the poor salon staff, but it seems that getting his face on camera was too important.
People continue to die needlessly of this virus. Experts – even the government’s own ‘SAGE’ scientists – are warning that Johnson’s lockdown-lifting haste will fuel a second wave and kill at least another 27,000 people. Yet Labour’s leader, again, is facilitating Johnson’s actions instead of opposing.
Starmer must – again – do better.
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