Viewers of the Government’s daily briefing couldn’t believe their ears when Sky News‘ Beth Rigby questioned Dominic Raab over the “twelve-metre rule”. The journalist had asked the Foreign Secretary about the likelihood of the current two-metre social distancing coronavirus advice being dropped. However, her slip of the tongue did not go unnoticed online.
One Twitter user wrote: “Dullard Beth Rigby silenced as she introduces a ’12-metre’ COVID-19 rule. Rolling on the floor laughing Bless her.”
Another said: “Lol at Beth Rigby…what ‘12’ metre rule is that then? If you relaxed a little & stop straining so hard when you speak, you might articulate a little better!”
But another hit out at Raab and said: “Dominic Raab is a really horrible person talking down to people like he has done this briefing: ‘As I’m explaining to you, very clearly, step by step.
‘I think you meant the 2-metre rule and not the 12-metre rule.”
Beth Rigby silenced by Raab as she hits out at TWELVE metre rule
Dominic Raab gave the daily update today on his own – to the shock of viewers at home
Many on Twitter, however, were worried about the lack of scientists with the Cabinet member on his own at the briefing for the first time.
One wrote on Twitter: “Dominic Raab is Billy-No-Mates at the #DailyBriefing without any scientists to back him up.”
While another worried tweeter added: “Raab is clearly trying to beat the record for the shortest briefing. Once again everything is under review, yawn.
“He regularly states we are learning from other countries. In that case publish our data against other countries. This briefing was an embarrassment, & no scientists!”
‘I think you meant the 2-metre rule and not the 12-metre rule.’
There has been debate over whether the two-metre rule would be dropped down to one metre in order to benefit businesses.
Health Minster Edward Argar said in the Commons that the review into the rule would strike the right balance between health and business
Ms Rigby’s question demanded to know whether the Government was “trading off” people’s health with economic needs.
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VITAL IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING
When he answered, Mr Raab made sure to correct the journalist: “I think you meant the two-metre rule, not the twelve-metre rule.
“There’s no magic to one or other particular measure.
“There will be different levels of risk, whether it’s at two metres, one and a half metres or one metre.
“But as we bring the incidents and transmission rate down, depending on the setting, it’s something that can be looked at.
“So we’re still going to make sure that all the policy decisions we take are underpinned by the science.”