It’s no time for a fallout
This is a critical time for our country.
We are in the middle of a health crisis, the economy is struggling and the delicate Brexit negotiations hang in the balance.
Stable leadership is needed more than ever but instead of sheltering Britain through the storm, No10 has gone into meltdown.
An unedifying bout of bloodletting has seen key members of staff turn on each other, waging personal vendettas through the media.
This would be unacceptable in normal times but it amounts to shameful dereliction of duty at this time of national emergency.
The responsibility for this unseemly state of affairs lies squarely with Boris Johnson.
His lack of leadership is the reason the court of Downing Street is rotten with infighting.
We have had enough of lame excuses, self-indulgence and incompetence.
When people’s lives are at risk and jobs on the line, we need a functioning Downing Street, not this quagmire of egos.
Back UK jobs
In the 1980s the Conservatives stood by as millions of people lost their jobs.
There are now fears we could see unemployment on a similar scale because of Covid.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
What is missing is a comprehensive plan from the Government to get people back to work by improving skills, expanding youth placements and supporting new industries.
Such a plan is all the more important given the worrying slowdown in growth caused by the second national lockdown.
France and Germany are both investing ￡20billion to boost green energy and transport. The UK is spending less than half that amount.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak needs to wake up to the crisis engulfing our country.
Knock for Nic
Nicola Adams has taken a few punches in her time but having to abandon Strictly must be a real body blow.
If there is any justice, she should be allowed to come back fighting for next year’s series.