Great Britain

Boris Johnson must use TV speech to rule out second national lockdown

BORIS Johnson must use his TV address to the nation next week to seize back control of the battle against Covid.

The Prime Minister must spell out clearly how the Government is ready to contain the surging infection rates.

At the same time he must end the cycle of over-promising and under-delivering results. We want an upbeat, confident Boris — not a hopeless fantasist.

It is clear that the second wave of the virus has hit harder and faster than many expected. But it should not have left ministers scrambling to perform U-turns. 

Boris himself has been barely visible while policy is apparently made on the hoof. No wonder public patience is wearing thin.

He needs to restore confidence by giving a frank and honest account of what is now needed.

But he must use his TV speech to rule out a second national lockdown. 

If we have learned anything through this crisis it is that physical health is linked to our economic prosperity.

Sensible and realistic measures that cushion the economy are a price worth paying for cutting the deadly infection rates.

These could include curfews and local lockdowns. But these should only be used in the most sparing way. 

And voters will only have confidence in giving up their liberty again if the Government finally gets a grip on the failing test and trace system. 

No one expected a flawless Government performance in the face of such an unpredictable virus.

While people understand he has a huge task, his administration’s reputation for competence has taken a battering.

Boris needs to instil us with confidence. Not allow us to become governed by fear.

Beeb being Naughtie

THE BBC has been rightly lambasted for its lavish salaries — and for paying women less than men doing similar jobs.

But that has not stopped the Corporation shelling out handsome sums to favoured male presenters for doing apparently very little.

Its latest accounts show the former Today programme presenter Jim Naughtie was paid a handy £175,000 last year.

But The Sun on Sunday today reveals the 69-year-old spent just 23 hours on air — a rate of more than £7,600 an hour.

Critics of the licence fee will question how this is money well spent.

And female staff may wonder if Auntie is still an old boys’ club.

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