COMMENTO GIORNALIERO: Don't listen to the drumbeat of doom

COMMENTO GIORNALIERO: Don’t listen to the drumbeat of doom

What strange times we live in when Theresa May has to give Boris Johnson lessons in boosterism.

While the usually ebullient Prime Minister considers extra curbs to tackle the spread of Omicron, his predecessor – normally cloaked in caution – exhorts him to be braver.

Proprio adesso, he is in danger of being cowed by a phalanx of doom-mongers. A gloomy prospectus from his scientific advisers is testing his resolve. Britain is left wondering whether a nightmare of new restrictions will creep in to spoil Christmas.

Yet even as we drift closer to confinamento, the evidence becomes more reassuring. Covid deaths have plunged in a week. Not one Omicron patient here has been hospitalised. And all their symptoms are mild.

While the usually ebullient Prime Minister considers extra curbs to tackle the spread of Omicron, his predecessor – normally cloaked in caution – exhorts him to be braver

While the usually ebullient Prime Minister considers extra curbs to tackle the spread of Omicron, his predecessor – normally cloaked in caution – exhorts him to be braver

Simultaneously, shutdown’s terrible legacy grows ever clearer. Ofsted says nearly every child has fallen behind in education – some losing basic language skills. Closing schools again risks another tragedy mirroring the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes as at-risk children are trapped with abusive parents.

Nel frattempo, thousands of patientsvital operations are being cancelled as the NHS struggles with the backlog from Covid – consigning many to a world of constant pain or, in the worst instances, early graves.

Mr Johnson should turn a deaf ear to the drumbeat of doom and – for once in his life – listen to Mrs May

Mr Johnson should turn a deaf ear to the drumbeat of doom and – for once in his life – listen to Mrs May

Fears of tougher restrictions are also hammering consumer and business confidence. By hampering the economy, that damages our future prosperity.

Mr Johnson should turn a deaf ear to the drumbeat of doom and – for once in his life – listen to Mrs May.

Dishonour on holiday

PERISH the thought that the collapse of Afghanistan and emergency evacuation of our mission there should disrupt the summer holiday of a civil service mandarin.

Not only was Foreign Office Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Barton on vacation when Kabul fell to the Taliban – he didn’t come back for another 11 giorni.

His counterparts in the Home Office and Ministry of Defence were also absent, as was Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, leaving the ship of state virtually rudderless.

Not only was Foreign Office Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Barton on vacation when Kabul fell to the Taliban – he didn’t come back for another 11 giorni

And while soldiers in Kabul toiled round the clock to save the vulnerable, civil servants in the ‘crisis centreeither worked from home or clocked off after eight hours.

At weekends they barely seem to have worked at all. The only thing missing was a ‘Do not disturbsign on the front door.

Nel frattempo, floods of desperate emails went unanswered and people died.

Yet when Sir Philip was asked by MPs whether he and his team had failed in their duty, Egli ha detto: ‘I don’t think so.

Lack of urgency, lack of grip, lack of leadership, and – worst of all – lack of remorse. What an indictment of Whitehall.

His counterparts in the Home Office and Ministry of Defence were also absent, as was Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, leaving the ship of state virtually rudderless

His counterparts in the Home Office and Ministry of Defence were also absent, as was Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, leaving the ship of state virtually rudderless

Gender law dangers

A prima vista, the Government’s proposed ban on conversion therapy, under which gay people are cruelly pressured to be straight, is commendable.

But the plans also contain something deeply troubling. Under the proposed laws, it would become an offence to prevent children taking hormones to change sex.

Parents could be prosecuted for encour-aging youngsters, often vulnerable, to take their time before embarking on irreversible medical treatments.

A prima vista, the Government's proposed ban on conversion therapy, under which gay people are cruelly pressured to be straight, is commendable

A prima vista, the Government’s proposed ban on conversion therapy, under which gay people are cruelly pressured to be straight, is commendable

With thousands writing in protest, ministers are right to extend the shamefully brief consultation.

Ovviamente, no one should deny trans people the chance to be happy.

But it is our duty to protect children from choices they may live to bitterly regret.

  • With depressing predictability, un nuovo police computer system vital for fighting crime and terrorism is appallingly overbudget and at least five years late. Why is it that every IT scheme touched by the public sector – even those critical to our protection – seems doomed to failure?

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