Boris Johnson struggles when asked about David Attenborough’s face covering controversy

Boris Johnson has struggled to explain himself when asked about his lack of face covering as he sat next to Sir David Attenborough.

The Prime Minister was caught sitting next to the 95-year-old TV station as they listened to a speaker during the opening ceremony of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow yesterday.

An image showing the couple went viral on social media with several people criticizing the Prime Minister for deciding not to wear any kind of mask.

Rules at the summit state that participants “must wear facial clothing except when eating, drinking, sitting in office / meeting rooms, sitting to conduct negotiations or being medically exempt.”



Tory’s prime minister was criticized for not wearing a mask as he sat next to 95-year-old Sir David Attenborough at the COP26 climate summit yesterday.

Similar rules on face covering are also in place outside the conference in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Covid laws.

Johnson seemed confused when asked about the backlash during an interview with CNN.

He said: “I have worn a mask when I have been in enclosed spaces with people I do not normally meet … it is up to people to assess whether they are at a reasonable distance from someone and whether they are with one they do not usually meet.

“That’s the approach we take.”

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Earlier today, Boris Johnson claimed that humanity has “pulled back a goal” against climate change when he expressed optimism over progress at COP26.

The Prime Minister praised agreements on the protection of rainforests, the reduction of methane production and the transfer of clean technology to developing countries.

Johnson is one of several world leaders who have come to Glasgow in recent days for the vital climate talks.

Many have described the event as the world’s last chance to avert a potential climate catastrophe.

Sir David Attenborough, who was appointed People’s Advocate for COP26, urged leaders to kick-start “a wonderful recovery” from global warming in an opening speech on Monday.

He said: “The people living now, who are the next generation, will look at this conference and consider one thing, did this number stop rising and started falling as a result of decisions made here?

“We have every reason to believe that the answer may be yes. If we work apart, we are a force strong enough to destabilize our planet, and we are certainly strong enough to save it.

“In my lifetime, I have witnessed a terrible decline. In yours, you could – and should – witness a wonderful recovery.

“The desperate hope is the reason the world looks and why you are here.”

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