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Starmer railed against hardships coming to workers in northern Tier 3 areas — but he wants to inflict them nationwide

Lockdown loon

FOR Labour, fairness seems to mean everyone everywhere being equally unemployed.

How else can we interpret their crazy stance now on lockdowns?

Keir Starmer rightly railed yesterday against the hardships coming to workers in northern Tier 3 areas.

But he wants to inflict them, and more, nationwide. Even in areas with low Covid counts.

He does of course claim his national “circuit-breaker” would be temporary — unlike Boris Johnson’s apparently ­open-ended regional curbs. But Starmer must know that’s nonsense.

There would be no speedy exit from his UK-wide shutdown.

Even if it worked, which Sage doubts, it would not be long enough to register any lasting cut to the death toll.

And Starmer would never want it lifted until it had.

His frontbenchers admit it too.

Kate Green said it might need to be extended (as the Scots’ one now has).

Worse still, Rachel Reeves said it might have to be imposed again and again.

No wonder Deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam opposes it.

It’s ruinous folly.

Where did Starmer earn his “forensic” reputation, given so many rash misjudgments?

His many failures as Director of Public Prosecutions.

His election-losing People’s Vote obsession. And now this.

The Tories are walking a tightrope trying to minimise deaths while keeping the bulk of our economy afloat.

Rishi Sunak will shortly unveil a new hospitality bailout.

Like other governments, they are struggling with an unprecedented crisis and, yes, making mistakes.

What’s Starmer’s excuse?

Migrant folly

IMAGINE the outcry if the Tories, with an unemployment crisis upon us, imported an army of cheap foreign builders.

If, instead of retraining Brits thrown on the dole, they repeated the immigration mistakes of the Blair Government.

That is what the Home Secretary was told to do by the Government’s own Migration Advisory Committee.

We are delighted Priti Patel rejected it, considering it as defeatist and offensive as we did.

It is tragic to see Covid reversing the Tory jobs miracle.

The solution is to create low-tax conditions to generate new work — and reskill those laid-off so they can rebuild their lives and our economy.

It is not to lazily rely on cut-price workers from abroad.

Dig deep

COVID has claimed many lives and destroyed our freedoms. We must not let the Poppy Appeal become a casualty too.

There may be fewer sellers this year but there are many ways to buy a poppy and help Forces heroes and their families.

You can find details on Pages 4 and 5, and read how ordinary people are keeping this magnificent campaign going.

Do give what you can. Let’s not let our veterans down, this grim year of all years.

Boris Johnson rejects Keir Starmer's fresh call for a national circuit breaker lockdown this Friday at PMQs

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