The mask divide

Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“We have all seen those photos of the great and the good hobnobbing and mingling while displaying their mask-free faces to the world. There was Tom Cruise and David Beckham at the Euros final, Patrick Vallance and Jonathan Van Tam at Wimbledon, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen at the G7 — all maskless and proud. But if you look closely enough, in the background you’ll see that the people serving them — topping up their drinks and canapes — have their faces covered. When the mandatory mask laws are lifted next week, this mask divide will become even more obvious. In some cases, it will be formalised. Take the House of Commons. MPs will be ‘encouraged’ to carry on wearing masks. But parliamentary staff will be ‘required’ to do so. It is quite literally one rule for them, and another for the rest.” (07/14/21)