Voice of the Mirror: Jailed Brits are example of lockdown confusion chaos
Five welders from Doncaster are today languishing in an Isle of Man jail for committing a Covid offence they were unaware existed.
Which seems a harsh punishment for popping into Tesco to buy a little refreshment. They were even wearing face masks as British law demands.
This is yet another example of the confusion caused by rules which differ depending on where you are.
The Isle of Man may be a Crown dependency beyond Whitehall’s control, but it is only 191 miles from mainland Britain.
No wonder their families are angry. Especially when they see others who really should know better breaking the law with impunity.
The SNP’s Margaret Ferrier committed the most flagrant breach by travelling when she should have been isolating. She is no longer fit to be an MP.
Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley shops without a face mask. And Jeremy Corbyn cannot count to six at a dinner table.
Yet none of them have so far been penalised. And that is an outrage. Even Dominic Cummings is still in post after notoriously testing his eyesight at Barnard Castle.
These are all people who should be leading by example.
And ordinary folk will be rightly furious when they are punished for something those in positions of influence are allowed to get away with.
Today’s Sunday Mirror poll shows that most voters would put up with even more restrictions if they were needed to defeat this virus.
They believe it would be acceptable to double fines, stop households mixing and close pubs and restaurants if that is what’s necessary.
This shows that Brits are largely law-abiding, decent people who seek only to do the best for themselves and others in the national good.
They are also fair-minded. And it deeply offends their traditional sense of British fair play when those who can pull a few strings do not play fairly.
Not all Margarets in this country are SNP MPs. Or all Dominics No10 advisers, Jeremys former Opposition leaders or Stanleys fathers of prime ministers.
But whatever name you go by, and whatever position you hold, everyone should be treated equally under the law.
Donald Trump must be felling pretty stupid right now.
The US president has the disease he spent months downplaying – the illness he thought could be cured with disinfectant.
Fortunately for him, the doctors at the Walter Reed Medical Center now have more advanced medications than Dettol with which to treat him.
Covid-19 has now killed more than 209,000 Americans and a million people worldwide.
It is the worst pandemic in a century.
Mr Trump has failed in his duty to the American people to adequately protect
them by not taking it seriously enough.
His age and weight put him in a high-risk category. It may be too much to hope that he will emerge from this experience a wiser man.
But at least he will be a better informed one.
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