Delingpole: Noel Gallagher of Oasis – Coronavirus Masks Are ‘Bollocks’

(FILES) This file photo dated 26 October 2005 shows Noel Gallagher from the British band Oasis posing before a concert in Paris. It was reported 07 July 2006 that Gallagher, the lead singer of Oasis, said he will be supporting Italy when he attends the World Cup final for the …
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Noel Gallagher – co-founder and songwriter of Oasis – has outed himself as a mask sceptic.

In an interview on the Matt Morgan podcast, Gallagher describes compulsory face coverings (now required by law to be worn in Britain on public transport and in shops but not in pubs and restaurants) as ‘bollocks’.

He says:

“The whole thing’s bollocks. You’re supposed to wear them in Selfridges, yet you can f***ing go down the pub and be surrounded by every f***ing c**t. Do you know what I mean? It’s like, ‘Oh actually, we don’t have the virus in pubs but we have it in Selfridges?’,” Gallagher said.

Warming to his theme, he highlights the absurd inconsistencies of mask regulations.

Like I was going up to Manchester the other week and some guy’s going, “Can you put your mask on?” On the train. And he said, “Because the Transport Police will get on and fine you £1,000, but you don’t have to put it on if you’re eating.” So I was saying, “Oh right. So this killer virus that’s sweeping through the train is going to come and attack me but is going to see me having a sandwich and go, “Leave him. He’s having his lunch.”

The interviewer attempts to defend the government’s position. But Gallagher isn’t having it.

“F*** off. You only read things that reinforce your own opinions.”

While mask mandates have been adopted around the world and have been recommended by bodies like the World Health Organisation, there is — as was frequently discussed in the early part of the pandemic — frustratingly little hard evidence or scientific research published on their efficacy. Indeed, as recently as March the UK government told the public to not wear masks, with the chief medical officer saying “our advice is clear: that wearing a mask if you don’t have an infection reduces the risk almost not at all. So we do not advise that.”

The government has subsequently reverse-ferreted on that, making masks mandatory, amid discussion back in April that the original anti-mask message was put out so the government would have less competition from the public for supplies. A July Royal Society “rapid review” did claim that face masks were effective in reducing virus transmission.

Gallagher isn’t the only Nineties rock star on this mask wavelength. Ian Brown, lead singer of The Stone Roses, has also established himself as a vocal sceptic of global coronavirus policy.

This has resulted in an unlikely spat with Irish novelty pop duo Jedward, who once took part in the X-Factor, where their spiky blond haircuts attracted much attention.

This afforded one Twitter user the opportunity to remind Jedward that they are ‘the shittest act in the world ever.’

But wait till we hear what Kajagoogoo, Flock of Seagulls and Martika think. This could get really serious.

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