We can’t say we weren’t warned.

For months, scientists have tried to tell the Government the Covid crisis has not gone away.

They pleaded with the PM to use the summer to get the transmission rate down.

But he didn’t.

Then they urged him to make a brief lockdown in the autumn.

But he didn’t.

When Keir Starmer stood up in the House of Commons and pleaded for a two-week circuit breaker he was waved away.

Now winter is here and the country has been plunged into darkness again, with a lockdown no-one wanted.

Now we face the worst possible scenario. The High Street will close. Our hospitals will overflow. The virus is rampant.

Of course the government had to think of the economy.

Britain would forgive PM Boris Johnson if we thought he was doing his best

Every day pubs and restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons, non-essential retail stores are forced to shut, they take a step closer to oblivion.

It is difficult to balance that economic carnage against people’s lives.

But we need to know how those calculations were made.

One of the first things we must see when the country is back on her feet is an independent inquiry into what has happened and how we got to this point.

Keir Starmer called for a two-week circuit break lockdown
Keir Starmer previously called for a two-week circuit break lockdown, but was dismissed

Did we follow the science? Was the pressure from business too much to resist? Why did a broken test and trace system cost £12bn?

Britain would forgive Mr Johnson if we thought he was doing his best, and every move was carefully planned.

At times like these, we look for a leader who is weighing the evidence, exercising the best judgement, acting to protect us all.

But with every passing day, every fresh restriction, every failed solution, it becomes clearer what an inquiry would say: We were never in safe hands.

National treasure Sean Connery was definitive James Bond

Sir Sean Connery was more than just James Bond, he was Untouchable

For many of us he was the definitive James Bond, suave and cool and with an edge of menace.

But Sir Sean Connery was more than that.

A working-class kid who served in the Navy, worked as a lorry driver, labourer, coffin polisher and became a film star.

Sir Sean was voted The Greatest Living Scot, a National Treasure, and The Sexiest Man Alive.

He was James Bond, Robin Hood, he was Indiana Jones’s dad, he was The Man Who Would Be King,

He was Untouchable.