Give it welly
THE Prime Minister is in danger of misjudging the public mood.
Whole communities are under water for the second time in months. But Boris Johnson is nowhere to be seen.
The Conservatives won the election because they promised to address the ordinary worries of real British people.
While lofty Corbyn bored the pants off the nation banging on about obscure foreign policy issues, Boris and his team were beavering away working out how to tackle pesky potholes.
And the country thanked him for it.
But two months on and he’s allowing himself to get distracted.
Instead of calling a Cobra meeting to deal with the floods — or even visiting affected areas — Boris has been discussing HS2 proposals with the Chinese.
It is understandable that the PM is keen on big, bold infrastructure projects which will secure him a legacy.
But his first duty is to solve pressing problems faced by communities which put their trust in him.
For now, Boris must lay his grand ambitions aside.
And put those wellies on.
THE UK’s chief negotiator is quite right to refuse the EU’s laughable demands from newly independent Britain.
Brexit is our big opportunity to strike new relationships with countries all over the world: it would be bonkers to hold ourselves back by promising to follow EU trade rules.
And it’s ludicrous for the 27 EU nations to pretend “alignment” is necessary.
The bloc removed 99.5 per cent of tariff lines in its trade deal with Korea, and 99 per cent in its deal with Japan.
These countries don’t have to follow the EU’s trade rules, so why on earth should Britain?
We would welcome a deal with the EU, if it could be agreed on reasonable terms. But if the bloc is determined to punish us for Brexit, then let it try.
Britain’s economy is flourishing, optimism is high, and we’re hurtling towards our first trade deal (with Japan) at breakneck speed.
If push comes to shove, we can thrive without a UK/EU trade deal. Could the EU?
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THE word “hero” is bandied about too often these days.
But for Man Utd’s Munich crash survivor Harry Gregg, few others are fitting.
Aged just 25, the goalkeeper returned twice to the burning wreckage of a plane he had just escaped to rescue his teammates. Less than two weeks later he was playing in United’s first game after the 1958 disaster — a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.
A legend and a gentleman both on and off the pitch. He will never be forgotten.