Boris Johnson must prioritise unity – he cannot afford high-profile resignations

THE scale of Boris Johnson’s balancing act last week was astonishing.

Charting a course that kept Chris Whitty happy on one side and Rishi Sunak on the other was near-impossible.

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Fears had been growing that the Chief Medical Officer would quit if Boris’s Covid crackdown wasn’t tough enough.

But MPs believe the Chancellor was also prepared to go to the wall if the lockdown was too damaging to the economy. For the moment a truce is in place. But how long can it last?

The Government urgently needs good news on Covid. But yesterday’s figures made grim reading — the highest number of infections on a Saturday so far.

The all-too brief hopes of an economic bounceback are fading and job losses are predicted to reach 2million by the end of the year.

With politics constantly on a knife-edge, it is too easy to lose sight of the long-term game.

Boris has not yet reached the first year of his five-year term in office.


Chinks of light are visible for a Brexit deal that would calm many fears. The Government needs to hold its nerve during this uncertain period.

Unity should be the watchword as the PM cannot afford high-profile resignations. At some point, the tide will turn for the better.

When Covid is finally defeated and we start rebuilding the economy Boris will turn the corner on one of the most turbulent periods in our history.

It’s a long way off yet. But what a prize to look forward to.

Remember them

THIS year’s Poppy Appeal is already in peril as sellers pull out over Covid fears.

That’s why we are urging readers to buy their poppies online or through the post.

But now — because of a lack of Government guidance on social distancing — hundreds of Remembrance Sunday parades and services face cancellation.

Ministers should get their act together. Poppy Day services are sacred occasions.

We must honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Baking Bad

THE Great British Bake Off is loved for its wholesome family-friendly cake contests.

So fans may be surprised by judge Prue Leith’s confession that she once took mind-bending LSD and stripped at a sex orgy.

Whatever next? Contestants dishing up showpoppers and chocolate trip biscuits?

Or maybe even replacing the theme tune with The Beatles’ famous drug song…

Lucy in the Pie with Diamonds.

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