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Boris Johnson must trust his political instincts and shake Britain out of pandemic paralysis

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WEEK by week, Britain is being cautiously liberated from lockdown.

But July 4 will mark a massive leap forward towards the normal life we crave.

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Boris Johnson must shake the public out of pandemic paralysis[/caption]

On that day, we should be able to drink a pint in a pub garden, eat in a restaurant and, yes, get our hair cut.

Normal service won’t be fully resumed, of course, as we will still need to follow safety precautions even after the two- metre rule is relaxed.

But these freedoms will provide an enormous fillip as the great British summer gets under way.

The Tories, and especially Boris Johnson, must seize this moment to get on to the front foot.

For too long, the PM and his Cabinet have been rabbits in the headlights.

Most recently, they were flat footed when England football star Marcus Rashford forced them into a U-turn over free school meals for poor kids over the summer.

Boris must now trust his political instincts and his “can do” optimism to shake the public out of pandemic paralysis.

With millions of jobs at risk, he must get people back to work, sort out schools and turbocharge the economy.

As the former Deputy PM Damian Green warns the country faces more discontent amid financial and political turmoil.

He says a rejuvenated Boris at his bounciest is vital to help turn the tide.

We’ll drink to that.

Unclear Starmer

THE shambles over the reopening of schools has not been the Government’s finest hour.

But the hypocrisy displayed by Sir Keir Starmer has made Labour look even worse.

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Sir Keir Starmer was unable to answer Boris Johnson’s question on whether it was safe to send kids back to class[/caption]

Challenged by Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday to say schools were now safe for children to return, he ducked the question three times.

This is despite the fact he previously admitted in an interview that his own children had remained at school.

Sir Keir’s conspiracy of silence is due, as usual, to his trying to balance two opposing forces at once.

On the one hand he wants to appear to be the voice of reason.

But on the other he is in hock to Corbynite backbench MPs, militant teacher unions and Left-wing councils determined to embarrass the Government.


As a result, Labour’s policy is a disastrous muddle, not unlike his efforts to be all things to all men on Brexit during the General Election.

Sir Keir will do himself no favours by playing politics with children’s futures.

Their lives are too important.

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