Dr Hilary Jones: Commentator criticises ‘rampant hypocrite’
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TalkRADIO host Patrick Christys has branded Dr Hilary Jones a “rampant hypocrite” after he was spotted not wearing a mask while watching the tennis at Wimbledon this week. Dr Hilary, who regularly appears on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and This Morning, also faced a backlash from viewers after footage of his appearance emerged. Mr Christys proclaimed that it was “one rule for them, and another rule for us” during his furious radio rant on coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Christys said: “There is a TV doctor, Dr Hilary Jones.
“He is a suave man, he is always on your telly on Good Morning Britain or This Morning, saying we all need to wear masks in public.
“He says everyone has a deep-seated public duty to abide by the rules. Then he goes to Wimbledon, sits in the royal box and doesn’t have a mask on in a crowd full of people.
“You rampant hypocrite! Get off my TV screen. How dare you sit there in Wimbledon without a mask on, when you tell us we need to wear masks in public.”
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He continued: “You’re responsible for the fear and the panic.
“You’re responsible for the fact that 70 percent of people still want restrictions to continue after coronavirus. Where do you get off?
“We should book him on the show because I’d love to have it out with him.
“It has really wound me up. It’s one rule for them, one rule for us. They are Project Fear.
“How can you say that was a Covid-secure event? Absolute lunacy, the hypocrisy of these people.”
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Dr Hilary has repeatedly insisted he was following the Covid rules in place at Wimbledon.
He had been invited to Wimbledon for a seat in the Royal Box, sitting alongside several of his colleagues from the NHS.
On Thursday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, guest host Alastair Campbell asked Dr Hilary whether he felt “safe” not wearing a mask while sitting on the outdoor court.
He responded: “Yes I did because people are socially distancing.”
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He added: “They’re being cautious, they’re being sensible, and it’s a big, vast open-air arena.
“So these are mitigating circumstances so, you know, I obeyed the rules.
“Of course I got the negative feedback like everybody else, but I abided by the rules.
“If we live with Covid we have to use these mitigating behaviours.”
Earlier this week, an Ipsos Mori poll for the Economist found that a sizeable minority of people in the UK would be happy for Covid restrictions, including a 10pm curfew, to be in place indefinitely.
Around 70 percent of those polled said they thought the rules on wearing masks in shops and public transport should remain in place for at least another month.
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