The Prime Minister said: “People have actually seen me wearing face coverings quite a bit more regularly as we have seen the numbers ticking up in the UK.
“I think that is the responsible thing to do and I am going to continue to do it.”
Great quote. Great sentiment. Responsible leadership at last. That was only a few days ago. But guess what happened next?
That’s right. Mr Johnson was snapped on a northern train – more of this in a second – maskless. Bare-faced. Unfettered.
It’s impossible to keep track of how many times our Prime Minister says something then does something else.
This pandemic is still raging. Cases are high. Winter is coming. We need to be on our guard. We need a leader we can look towards who shows us the right thing to do. Instead, we have Boris Johnson.
Of course wearing a mask is not ideal. It’s not pleasant. It’s hot and stuffy and a nuisance. But it’s the right thing to do.
You don’t have to wear one on every form of public transport – it’s not a legal requirement. But it’s the right thing to do.
You know what the single most effective public health measure against the virus is? Go on, have a guess. Masks.
A new study this week showed wearing a mask reduces incidences of Covid by 53%. So it’s the right thing to do for all of us. But especially the right thing to do for the Prime Minister.
It just keeps happening. Even his apology this week sounded insincere – the giggling of a naughty schoolboy rather than a man who admits he’s wrong and vows to do better.
He’d been caught without a mask at a hospital in the North East, not too far from where his friend went for an eye test.
Mr Johnson said: “As for not wearing a mask in Hexham Hospital, which you wrap up into my general litany of crime, can I just say…”
It’s not a serious remark. But this is not a serious man. For Mr Johnson to be caught out again is not really a surprise. But probably the most frustrating, exhausting, disappointing thing about this latest effort is where it took place.
A train. A train in the north of England. A train running on a network that Mr Johnson and his Government promised to upgrade.
We told you weeks ago he wasn’t going to do it, that he would let down the north and go back on his word.
Sometimes, it is horrible being right. At least one good thing about this is that it means another blow to Mr Johnson’s credibility.
His approval ratings are beginning to slide, the poll lead is shaky, and an election not the foregone conclusion it once was.
Mr Johnson’s true character is emerging, revealing a lightweight figure not up to the task.
The good times are over and the mask, as it were, has finally slipped.