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AIBU to think that Michael Ball shouldn’t have visited Captain Tom?

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PamelaJ1 Wed 06-May-20 09:10:03

It’s not just him but the Captain is in the vulnerable age group and presumably shouldn’t be getting too close to outsiders.

I really thought that we weren’t supposed to visit each other unless it was very necessary. I wouldn’t have thought that meeting MB was vital. TV crews seem to be visiting all over the place.

If it’s OK for him is it OK for me and you? Even if we aren’t on the tele?
PS. I don’t want MB but there are family and friends that I would like to entertain.

Smileless2012 Wed 06-May-20 09:13:30

TBH I had the same thought when I saw this on tv. A documentary has been made but apart from that meeting with MB, everything else in it will be what we've already seen.

kittylester Wed 06-May-20 09:15:04

They were at pains to point out that Michael Ball went to interview him for his radio programme and that all guidelines were followed.

I think Col Tom is a feel good story for the country so I think it was no bad thing.

And I love Michael Ball!

MerylStreep Wed 06-May-20 09:23:42

It wasn't essential for Professor Niel Fergusuns married lover to travel across London to visit him, but she did. Twice by her own admittance.

PamelaJ1 Wed 06-May-20 09:26:20

I am not suggesting that Captain Tom hasn’t done a wonderful thing kittylester and that his achievement is not fantastic.

What I am questioning is why, when we are being told not to visit why the TV crews are out unnecessarily IMO.

If someone were to visit me I feel that I could observe the guidelines too.

I’m not too sure if Neil Ferguson stuck to them though!

GrannyGravy13 Wed 06-May-20 10:15:30

I think that the TV crews/presenters along with radio presenters have a vital part to play during this crisis/lockdown. They are a great help to some people who are in lockdown on their own, feel good broadcasts help to lift spirits and spread good news.

Good news and light entertainment are hard to find at the moment and if one person's mental health is helped surely it's a good thing.

(I have no words in regards to the so called expert who allegedly has a problem with fidelity and rule abiding)

MerylStreep Wed 06-May-20 12:52:51

Granygravy
I had a few words for him last night and most of them were blue.

CleoPanda Wed 06-May-20 12:59:17

I’m with the support group! They were at pains to point out the merits and benefits of the visit. They also were scrupulously adhering to social distancing, wipe downs etc etc. They pointed out that everyone was well aware that they were interviewing a 100 year old gentleman and had taken every possible precaution.

Pittcity Wed 06-May-20 13:14:22

It was for the same reason that reporters have to stand in hurricanes and floods to report on them 🤔

Bathsheba Wed 06-May-20 13:17:03

I honestly cannot see the problem here. They were observing the social distancing rules. Col. Tom was in no more danger than if he were to go for a walk in his locality (which he is allowed, if not physically able, to do).

Callistemon Wed 06-May-20 13:19:33

It was the tv reporter who was far too close to Captain's Tom's cake who worried me.
He was practically breathing all over it as he showed interested views. They could have just zoomed in on it.

I didn't see Michael Ball.

Callistemon Wed 06-May-20 13:19:47

interested viewers