Wind in sales
AT last, some light at the end of the tunnel. Britain is beginning to bounce back, just as The Sun hoped.
Last month’s shop sales are still way down on normal, of course — but they are leaping back up: 12 per cent overall since April, 42 per cent in DIY stores.
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Life must return to near-normality before more permanent damage is done[/caption]
Today, the first Saturday since nonessential shops reopened, we can all help keep our High Streets alive and secure thousands of jobs. There will be bargains galore. Get out and grab one.
It was good too to see the Government lower our alert level yesterday. But it really only revealed its own over-caution.
Our new Level 3 judges Covid as “an epidemic in general circulation”. But only 33,000 of 66million Brits have it, one in 1,700. Level 2, where cases and transmission are low, looks nearer the truth.
And it’s a bit rich for Boris Johnson to urge us all to stop living in fear of Covid, even if he is right. His own strategic timidity is as contagious as the virus.
The infection rate is firmly below one and the numbers with Covid low and falling steadily. There has been no spike following previous easings of the lockdown or recent mass street protests.
It is high time to halve the crippling two-metre distancing rule — to fully reopen schools now, not in September — to get pubs and restaurants back in business and to abandon the absurdity of quarantine for airport arrivals.
Life must return to near-normality before more permanent damage is done.
LABOUR’S report into its election disasters swerves two of the principle causes.
It is not revelatory that Corbyn was perceived as an anti-Semitic extremist crank with a ruinous economic strategy.
Corbyn was perceived as an anti-Semitic extremist crank with a ruinous economic strategy[/caption]
Nor that a party guaranteeing to “get Brexit done” looked a better bet than one promising a hideously divisive second referendum.
Why not also point the finger of blame at the forensic strategic genius behind that fatal Labour policy?
Step forward new leader Sir Keir Starmer, the ex-shadow Brexit secretary who bet the farm on nullifying 17million mainly working-class votes and reversing Brexit.
The same Sir Keir now blindly worshipped by Blairite media fans.
And there’s another vital factor Labour’s inquest omits: The party seems perpetually shocked by its defeats, its abandonment by the working-class, its opponents’ popularity.
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Shocked that voters dislike the apparently unimpeachable poses it strikes in its ceaseless culture war against Tories.
Why the surprise? Because its MPs have spent this last, lost decade hooked on Twitter, mistaking the left-wing echo chamber for the national mood, hopelessly out of touch, and confused and enraged when reality bites.
Starmer’s first task should be to crowbar them off their social media feeds and get them to find out in person why so many of their former voters hold them in contempt.
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