Politics

'Border farce as Tories realise they need to plug gap 300 days late'


For years the Tories have talked about the need to beef up border controls.

Yet since Covid hit, the Government has been surprisingly lax about screening arrivals.

At the moment anybody can enter the country as long as they agree to self-isolate.

But the government’s figures show that just 3% of people arriving in Britain are being checked to ensure they really are complying with quarantine requirements.

Finally, ministers appear to have recognised the need for action.

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A newly arrived passenger wearing a face mask walks past a warning sign at Heathrow airport
A newly arrived passenger wearing a face mask walks past a warning sign at Heathrow airport

 

Travellers from South America and Portugal are banned from entering the country from tomorrow, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new Brazilian variant of Covid-19.

From Monday, no one will be allowed in without proof of a negative test result.

But this measure should have come into force months ago. Other countries imposed much stricter restrictions far earlier.

In Italy, for instance, entry requires proof of a negative test result as well as a requirement to take a rapid Covid test at the airport.

It is incomprehensible that nearly 300 days since the Government first placed England under lockdown, it has only now realised the need to plug this gap in our defences.

Peer review



Lord Alan Sugar (right) takes up his seat in the House of Lords, London, during a traditional ceremony.
Lord Alan Sugar last voted back in October 2017

If you accept a peerage, you should also accept the duties that come with it.

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Our research shows that a third of peers have not bothered to vote since June, even though they can do so electronically.

The Lords should not be cosy club for an elite few basking in idle privilege.

We should call time on this retirement home for cronies, millionaires and aristocrats.

We need a slimmed-down, fully elected second chamber beholden to the people.

Wat a result

The Watneys Party Seven barrel is making a comeback.

Once again we can party like the 70s, the decade when they did things with flair.

Or should that be flares?





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