Hope tinged with caution and fear was palpable as life in England, Wales and much of Scotland returned closer to normal as many more of the Covid-19 restrictions were finally relaxed.

People hugging, mixing and laughing together is a welcome sign following months of barriers and we must thank the NHS for a wonderful mass vaccination programme.

But the spread of a variant first detected in India is worrying, an avoidable danger intensified by another foolish mistake by a Prime Minister who delayed safeguarding our nation.

When a big proportion of hospital cases in parts of North West England are patients who for whatever reason weren’t vaccinated when jabs are available, the link between personal protection and inoculation is clear.

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Dena Murphy hugging her Daughter Bonnie and Granddaughter Jayne
Dena Murphy hugging her Daughter Bonnie and Granddaughter Jayne

Every one of us has a responsibility to be jabbed for our own sake and our families, neighbours, workmates and communities.

Because those who put themselves and others at risk by refusing a jab without a good, evidence-based reason may pay a high price.

End slaughter

Every decent person in the world wants an end to the slaughter of Palestinians and Israelis in the protracted Middle East dispute and the same decent folk will condemn hatred in our own country.

The shocking anti-Semitic attacks recorded in London, and any anti-Muslim abuse, are appalling and must be shown zero tolerance by the police and courts.

A convoy of cars flying Palestine flags hurled vile antisemitic abuse and threats against Jews
A convoy of cars flying Palestine flags hurled vile antisemitic abuse and threats against Jews

There is no excuse for vile racism which harms community relations and, it should be pointed out, harms the causes of those spewing the prejudice.

We need to bring people together.

Extremists drive them apart.