The masked minister is doing dangerous nonsense. Letter

Are Tory ministers competing with each other in a competition to portray the most liberal, populist ideas in the face of scientific and medical evidence and advice? first we have Jacob Rees-Mogg’s obstinate crap Tories don’t need masks because their inspiring spirit is stopping the spread of covid.

Then the care minister, Gillian Keegan, oddly believes that wearing a mask is a virtue sign and should be an entirely personal choice (Tory minister says face masks should not become a ‘symbol of virtue’, October 22) this might be a little amusing if it weren’t for the blatantly serious consequences of such ignorant nonsense.

Would they have said the same things about wearing a seatbelt or a crash helmet?
Dr Karen Postle
Titchfield, Hampshire

I am disappointed that we are now living in an Orwellian world where “virtue” is humiliated and kidnapped as a form of abuse. In my Chambers Dictionary, virtue is defined as “excellence”; Worth; moral excellence; exercise of duty”, all good qualities, of course. Gillian Keegan says she wears a mask if the person next to her is doing it.because obviously they’re worried about themselvesNo: As only those wearing medical-grade masks are supposed to provide more protection, they are actually concerned about spreading Covid to others, including Gillian Keegan.
Susanna Kipling
Holt, Dorset

Gillian Keegan said it “wasn’t very comfortable to sit there in a mask for hours”. I work in a hospital where we have been obliged to wear masks since the beginning of the pandemic. I’m sure everyone agrees that they aren’t wildly “comfortable”, especially when running around on our feet all day (in a physical and demanding job), but we wear them for the safety of others. Huh.
Emma Blashford-Snell
Nurse, Yeovil District Hospital

On Monday morning, Sajid Javid announced that he Will wear a mask in Parliament for budget speech. Presumably this is because he accepts expert advice that in doing so he is helping to protect himself and those around him from becoming infected with Covid-19. But would the health secretary suggest, let alone the need, that his parliamentary colleagues and, by implication, the rest of us do the same for the same reasons? No, he will not. Why not? Because he is a prisoner of the bizarre political ideology expressed in the curious babblings of this world’s Rees-Moggs. What a government What a farce!
mike terry
Ettington, Warwickshire

So Rishi Sunak “wears masks in other settings, such as crowded trains” (Sunak refuses to wear a mask in the crowded Commons, 24 October) Somehow I can’t picture him in a crowded train.
rosemary gill
Salisbury, Wiltshire

I’m in London I am visiting the family, and am shocked, horrified and horrified by the behavior of the British public. Every bus and underground train I’ve been on has a large number of unmasked passengers, though there are constant requests to wear it. Apparently many of the children here are so childish that they are unable to function safely and responsibly without making up for nanny Boris. When I return home and people ask if it is okay to travel to this country, my answer will be no. It is not safe at this time. The kids are not behaving and the nanny is on leave.
Christine Gallagher
Ventura, California

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