Ministers must never forget that Covid curbs are the exception, not the default

Forward leap

THE UK was a pioneer when it came to Covid vaccines and now we should look to lead the world again when it comes to adapting to a post-pandemic society.

Reassuringly, former vaccine supremo Nadhim Zahawi shares that vision.

His boss Boris Johnson has so far been gutsy enough to ignore the shrill apostles of lockdown, and the experience of the milder Omicron variant has proved that call to be right.

The Prime Minister deserves huge credit for that.

But not going backwards is one thing: soon we will need to take some decisive forward steps.

In his new role as Education Secretary, Mr Zahawi has shown he wants to roll back restrictions wherever he can, such as investigating if the Covid isolation period can safely be cut to five days.

We need to hear more thinking like this about the transition back to normality — ministers must never forget that Covid curbs are the exception, not the default.

Fur and fury

WHAT in blue blazes are members of the Cabinet doing, wasting time squabbling about fur and foie gras?

It’s not that we imagine many Sun readers would disagree with import bans on either item — far from it.

It’s just that there are more pressing issues affecting their daily lives, such as a cost-of-living crisis hurtling down the tracks, and an ongoing pandemic.

The row comes amid claims the PM is losing touch with his Tory instincts.

If he won’t heed the warning signs from Cabinet rivals or opinion polls putting Labour ahead, Boris should listen to his concerned fans — among them former Brexit guru Lord Frost, whose criticism is all the more damning for being delivered in a tone of regret rather than anger.

For starters, the PM ought to knock some sense into his Cabinet, and tackle the threat of monstrous heating bills.

Otherwise he may find the import of fur coats actually does become a relevant political issue to shivering voters.

Choux-blooded

HOW wonderful that the Queen is to have a new dessert invented in her honour to mark her Platinum Jubilee this year.

The contest, judged by another beloved national institution in Dame Mary Berry, begins today, so we urge budding bakers to create a real showstopper.

The Queen herself will sample the winning entry over the nation’s four-day bank holiday festivities in June.

So what will be the most fitting sweet treat to embody our monarch?

Well, Her Majesty is definitely more of a tough cookie than a crumble, while waffle or fruitcake might be better suited to other members of her family.

But whatever it is, we’re sure the winning entry will have impeccable taste.

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