When something must be done, it’s important to pause and think before acting. For example, do we want school children existing in a permanent state of anxiety and discomfort five days a week because politicians want to be seen to be doing something.

The potential mental health implications for forcing children to wear masks all day every day at school, combined with a rather tenuous case in favour of the policy providing significant benefit, should lead to this policy being dropped.

The Times has today reported that the study used to justify the introduction of masks in English schools implied that they had, at best, a marginal effect. This is according to documents released by the Department for Education. That’s right, the government’s own research failed to find that masks had a significant effect in lowering transmission, but they’re doing it anyway and children be damned!