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'Boris Johnson should step aside after dreadful record handling pandemic'


The high loss of lives and livelihoods in this crisis, due in part to the PM’s mishandling of it, will never be forgiven.

And he and his Government’s dreadful record – fatally delaying lockdowns, care home catastrophes, PPE shortages and the test and trace shambles – deserves a day of political reckoning in the near future.

But even if we know we are lumbered with a useless Government, we must keep faith in the NHS to inoculate us out of this situation.

We’re in a terrifying race against a potentially fatal virus that last week infected one in 50 of the population, rising to one in 30 in London.

Only the NHS can save us from this foe, which claimed another 830 lives in 24 hours.

There is little hope now of redemption for Boris Johnson.

Our best hope is that he gets out of the way and lets a grown-up take over. 

Class action



The Government waste time bullying head teachers to reopen before swiftly ordering them to close again

Children’s education will be damaged by the Government’s failure to deliver laptops and shift lessons online.

The Government wasted time bullying head teachers to reopen before swiftly ordering them to close again.

This debacle is surely the final nail in the coffin of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s woeful career.

Schooling requires significant Government support or children from poorer families, living in crowded homes and lacking a computer of their own, will fall further behind.

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Once again, the Tories are demonstrating that we are not all in this together.

Their policies allow Covid to widen health, economic and educational inequalities.

Unless online lessons are made to work, young talent will be wasted and lives blighted.

Diving bored

Olympic diving medallist Tom Daley is doing an admirable thing by learning a new skill and becoming a knitting star.

His skills with the needles, creating colourful woollies to show off online, should encourage us all to take a similar plunge.





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