A new hope

BORIS Johnson showed why Britain has missed him . . . no one conveys hope better. And, at last, there is some.

We are officially past the peak. Infections and deaths are falling.

The infamous “R” rate — how many are infected by a single Covid sufferer — is below one, a figure it’s crucial to maintain, and reduce, if we are to control the disease and prevent an unprecedented nightmare being unleashed on the NHS.

Daily tests have soared to 81,000 . . . not Matt Hancock’s ambitious 100,000, but getting there. One drug is starting to work.

The UK is said to be leading the race for a vaccine.

There will be NO new austerity to foot the vast bill for this disaster.

And the PM says masks WILL be useful, especially as we get back to work — finally ending the confusion and voicing the common-sense position as The Sun has.

We must all now make every effort to honour the lockdown a little longer and get the “R” down further.

Because next week Boris must make decent progress towards easing these restrictions.

Three Tory and Labour ex-chancellors fear we may never fully recover economically unless he makes the right call.

Boris has generally been lucky in life. He needs some more good fortune now.

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Home guard

WHEN the coronavirus nightmare is over, Britain must ensure we are never blindsided like this again.

Within just 18 years we have been hit by Sars, Mers and Covid-19 — and there will be more.

This country must never again be caught short relying on foreign manufacturers to produce our PPE or testing kit, our vaccines or our drugs.

It is not cheap to develop a new UK public health manufacturing industry as an insurance against disaster.

But we now know the monstrous cost of not being fully prepared.

The Government is still sticking to its “levelling up” plans, spreading prosperity to the regions outside London which voted

Tory for the first time last year.

Here’s one new industry it can build in those former Red Wall seats.

Beck pedalling

WHY should ANY megarich celebs ask the public to pay their laid-off staff?

Victoria Beckham has belatedly binned her claim for state aid after a barrage of criticism. About time.

Paying her own way will make only the tiniest dent in her and David’s £335million.

It’s not illegal for multi-millionaire stars to beg handouts under the terms of the Government’s emergency bailout.

But it is sickening. Especially when others set a decent example.

Like Ed Sheeran, asking nothing for the staff at his pub. Or Gwyneth Paltrow, still paying her shop workers at Goop.

Good on them. Shame on any others who try it on.


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