In a heated GMB mask row, Richard Madeley savages Jenrick. ‘It isn’t a matter of personal preference!’
In an interview with Robert Jenrick on Good Morning Britain, Richard Madeley expressed his displeasure with the government’s mask-wearing standards.
Richard Madeley questioned how this is possible if certain businesses or shops insist on mask-wearing. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said it’s a “personal judgment” whether people wear a mask, but Richard Madeley questioned how this is possible if certain businesses or shops insist on mask-wearing. On Good Morning Britain, the two sparred over the recent government rules, with Madeley criticizing the Housing Secretary for his stance on the subject.
“Isn’t it a complete shambles?” Madeley had enquired.
“No, Richard, I don’t accept that,” Jenrick replied. As a result of the vaccine rollout, we’re now allowed to enter a new phase, one in which we can use our own discretion.
“Organizations and transportation operators, such as TfL or the Tram here in Wolverhampton, where I am this morning, will make their own decisions about what is acceptable for their environment.”
Madeley retorted, “But that’s not personal judgment.”
“The public can and will make rational decisions,” Jenrick concluded. If you’re on a crowded tube train or tram from Wolverhampton to Birmingham, it’s quite reasonable to keep your mask on.
“I believe that if you are on an empty train, people will make a different judgment and say, ‘There is no one around me, so I don’t need to.’”
Madeley interjected, “I’m sorry Minister, but I do need to pull you up on this.”
“This isn’t a personal opinion. If I take the tube in London, it is not up to me to decide whether or not to wear a mask; I am required to do so.
“On the tube, the bus, and in taxis, the authorities are telling me to.
“By decree, if I’m in Manchester, I’m going to have to wear a mask.” It is not a personal preference of mine.
“I’m sorry, but we don’t have an option. If you want to shop at Waterstones or Sainsbury’s, you could say it’s my own choice whether or not I go in.
“However, if I do, I won’t be able to choose whether or not to wear a mask. They’re going to force me to put one on.
“It is no longer a personal choice. Corporations and mayors have utterly destroyed the freedoms you believe your government has given us to not wear masks.”
“Actually, I don’t think that’s fair,” Brinkwire Summary News said.