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It’s a sight I feared I might never see again. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, bare faced in public.

But there they were – the next king of the UK and his mask-hating wife – with their faces on full display as they mingled with members of the public INSIDE Exeter Cathedral.

Once such an engagement would not be noteworthy.

Today it meant the world.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were sending us all a bold message: The government and our politicians might be paralysed with indecision but, while the law allows us, we MUST get back to normal.

So on Freedom Day they gloriously returned to duty mask-free.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla with their faces on full display as they mingle with members of the public inside Exeter Cathedral today

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla with their faces on full display as they mingle with members of the public inside Exeter Cathedral today

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla with their faces on full display as they mingle with members of the public inside Exeter Cathedral today

As leaders at Westminster blustered and attempted to score cheap political points, Charles and Camilla were delighted as they reunited with their public at close proximity for the first time in 16 months.

Perhaps it should be no surprise that the Royal Family would provide the most sensible example to the rest of the country at such a significant moment in our modern history.

After all, they’ve stepped up at every perilous moment for Britain over the course of this pandemic.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s decision to rip off the masks and return to normal was a much-needed beacon of common sense – in stark contrast to the government’s own catastrophically confused response that has seen the Prime Minister locked up in his own country home, a victim of his own ridiculous NHS contact tracing programme.

Because aside from the royals’ example and the joyous pictures of young people returning in their droves to nightclubs, Freedom Day has felt hollow.

And for that we can blame Track and Trace that is damning the country to chaos and carnage, just as our leaders told us we should be learning to live with coronavirus given the success of our world-beating vaccine programme.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday) bottled it by pressing ahead with Freedom Day but leaving the Track and Trace scheme in place for another month

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday) bottled it by pressing ahead with Freedom Day but leaving the Track and Trace scheme in place for another month

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday) bottled it by pressing ahead with Freedom Day but leaving the Track and Trace scheme in place for another month

I’m not ashamed to say I’ve never switched on the godforsaken biosecurity app, well aware that it’s a £40 billion white elephant mucking up people’s lives rather than genuinely stopping the spread of Covid.

Sadly, Boris bottled it by pressing ahead with Freedom Day but leaving the Track and Trace scheme in place for another month, effectively wiping out many of the benefits of scrapping lockdown.

Let’s hope that during his completely futile ten days locked away from his advisers and his fellow citizens at Chequers, he realises the system must be ditched immediately if we are to have any hope of a path back to normality.

Nothing about it adds up. Despite predictable soaring cases, hospitalisations and deaths are at a tiny fraction of the rate of previous waves, with the case-fatality rate having been reduced 12-fold.

The vaccines work, even against the fast-spreading Delta variant. Hence Freedom Day.

it's so refreshing to see Charles and Camilla urging Brits to follow them back towards normality

it's so refreshing to see Charles and Camilla urging Brits to follow them back towards normality

it’s so refreshing to see Charles and Camilla urging Brits to follow them back towards normality

But if all the numbers show that the vaccines succeed in keeping people out of ICUs why are still continuing to treat Covid-19 as a lethal plague?

Those subjected to the dastardly test and tracers are prisoners in their own home for 24 hours a day over the course of ten days.

How idiotic for folk who have been double vaccinated, have natural immunity thanks to a previous Covid infection or who have tested negative on a so-called gold standard PCR test.

Even the biggest doom merchant scientific advisers find it hard to make a case for the NHS being overwhelmed during what is an inevitable exit wave of the virus, largely spreading like wildfire through the young who mostly have no idea they’re infected until being tested.

It’s completely schizophrenic. Either Covid is still a mortal threat, in which case we should still be in lockdown, or it isn’t. In which case we need to start treating it as just another respiratory disease, like flu.

But at the moment, we have the worst of both worlds.

Aside from the royals' example and the joyous pictures of young people returning in their droves to nightclubs (Astoria in Portsmouth is pictured), Freedom Day has felt hollow

Aside from the royals' example and the joyous pictures of young people returning in their droves to nightclubs (Astoria in Portsmouth is pictured), Freedom Day has felt hollow

Aside from the royals’ example and the joyous pictures of young people returning in their droves to nightclubs (Astoria in Portsmouth is pictured), Freedom Day has felt hollow

No wonder one anonymous Cabinet minister upped the rhetoric today, saying the UK is no longer facing a ‘pingdemic’ but rather ‘ping-mageddon’.

Supermarkets, restaurants, nightclubs, theatre productions, factories and offices are all being shut down due to the number of staff being forced to isolate.

If a test and release scheme was considered good enough for the Prime Minister and Rishi Sunak before their mortifying u-turn, then why the hell is it not allowed for the rest of us?

Sadly, if you want to know why the government doesn’t have the guts to follow its own logic, just turn on the TV.

Rather than pointing out the ludicrous nature of the current restrictions and emphasising the lack of deaths and hospitalisations compared to previous waves, the broadcast media is once again upping the hysteria.

The lead headline on a Sky News bulletin earlier today was: ‘Freedom Day but for how long?’

What the hell?

When did the media elite agree that our freedoms are the government’s to take away?

It’s beginning to look, as I have feared for the past 16 months, like we’ve been fundamentally changed by the pandemic.

Many privileged folk don’t want to have to mix with people who they consider to be the great unwashed and are more than happy with a work from home world in their posh houses.

But, despite what much of the media might tell you, the most irresponsible now are the people who insist normality must not resume.

They are changing our culture and society unnecessarily in a whole load of inexplicable ways.

That’s why it’s so refreshing to see Charles and Camilla urging Brits to follow them back towards normality.

Camilla had spoken for the silenced majority last week when she, pointing to her fashionable muzzle, admitted she ‘can’t wait to get rid of these’ things during a public engagement.

And, while it has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, experts are increasingly questioning the efficacy of masks, which I believe have become a sign of virtue signalling rather than virus control.

Dr Colin Aston, a scientist advising Sage on ventilation, said over the weekend that face coverings are simply ‘comfort blankets’ not backed up by science, with gaps of up to 500,000 times the size of viral Covid particles.

He told The Daily Telegraph: ‘The small sizes are not easily understood but an imperfect analogy would be to imagine marbles fired at builders’ scaffolding, some might hit a pole and rebound, but obviously most will fly through.

A Covid viral particle is around 100 nanometres, material gaps in blue surgical masks are up to 1,000 times that size, cloth mask gaps can be 500,000 times the size.’

So Charles and Camilla were absolutely right, both morally and scientifically, to rip their masks off today.

I’m delighted they’ll continue to do so in all settings not mandated by the law.

As a Palace source said before their unmasked visit: ‘This will be the first time in 18 months that we are seeing a return to normality. We’ll be looking forwards, not backwards.’

It’s clear the Royal Family know all too well the importance of reclaiming normality before it’s too late.

Now it’s time for the Prime Minister to do the same.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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