DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Swab shortages cannot stall the UK

With pathetic opportunism, Labor jumped off the fence last night to brand the shortage of Covid tests as “mess”.

Of course, the party has had many opportunities to explain how it would deal with the pandemic … and has ducked every single cowardly.

Nobody denies Boris Johnson made a mistake in this nightmare. But compare the situation today to a year ago when England was caught in a near-total lockdown and he deserves a pat on the back.

Yes, the chronic lack of testing is a problem created by the government itself. But only because the Prime Minister desperately tried to let us live our lives.

As a result of Boris Johnson releasing recent bans, there is unprecedented demand for Covid swabs

As a result of Boris Johnson releasing recent bans, there is unprecedented demand for Covid swabs

Instead of missing Christmas and New Years with lockdown measures (as the socialist regimes in Scotland and Wales have done with violent anger), he trusted the public with responsible behavior.

As a result, there has been an unprecedented demand for swabs. That in itself is a sign of success. However, ministers urgently need to address the test shortage.

This is a core piece of protecting the nation and keeping it going. In optimistic remarks, Mr. Johnson said Omicron was “obviously milder” than previous variants.

Almost a third of patients with Covid in the hospital are “accidental” admissions who tested positive for other reasons after checking in (however, the frequent non-disclosure of such vital data is unforgivable).

And the vast majority in the intensive care unit didn’t get a booster shot – proof jabs work.

But if nearly a million self-isolating people can’t get smears, they can’t leave house arrest after seven days. Shops, hospitals, schools, supply chains and trains are already threatening to come to a jerky halt in the so-called Pingdemic Mk II. A lack of tests turns a crisis into a catastrophe.

To alleviate staff shortages, the prime minister must also shorten the quarantine to five days. Locking healthy people in their homes unnecessarily will hamper the economy and society – and our attempts to rebuild this Covid-ridden country.

Loyalty should pay off

For years, the Mail has been working to end the contemptuous practice of ripping off loyal customers by insurance companies.

With breathtaking cynicism, these firms have automatically raised premiums for long-term policyholders so they can offer discounted deals to new policyholders.

This penalizes customers who do not look elsewhere for better offers – without exception older and vulnerable people.

Hence, the Mail prides itself on having achieved an overwhelming victory for exploited consumers.

As of Saturday, insurers will be banned from charging existing customers more than newcomers, saving them £ 4.2 billion over ten years. At a time when the cost of living is soaring, this is great news.

However, companies are not allowed to increase all premiums to protect their bottom line.

This paper has long kept an eye on insurers’ seedy tactics. Rest assured, we are not going to stop now.

Terrorist probation threat

The possibility that nearly 100 terrorists could be released by the Parole Board in the next year is of great concern.

This is, after all, the same corpse that extravagantly freed double child killer Colin Pitchfork – before he was returned to prison for fear of still being a danger.

That suggests something is worryingly wrong with the way the secret board of directors draws conclusions. The assessment of the terrorists therefore requires extreme caution. What a jihadist could do if he was wrongly released is not something to think about.

While public safety is at stake, judges have been advised to use gender neutral language to make courtrooms more “inclusive”.

We knew our judicial system was soft. Has it finally lost its marbles?

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