Politics

'India Covid variant has UK paying the price for failure to protect our borders'


The Indian variant is threatening to derail our hope of life without Covid restrictions.

Boris Johnson last night admitted that if transmissions of the strain continue at their current rate, it could prevent the final lifting of the lockdown in England on June 21.

Testing will ramp up in hotspots such as Bolton and Blackburn but the Prime Minister is primarily relying on the public to behave sensibly and cautiously to control the variant.

Having raised expectations that life would soon return to normal, he is clearly reluctant to slam on the brakes now. Only time will tell whether this is the right course of action.



Boris Johnson is clearly reluctant to slam on the brakes now
Boris Johnson is clearly reluctant to slam on the brakes now

But the Government needs to explain why India was put on the travel red list two weeks after Pakistan and Bangladesh were – despite being the source of the variant.

We are now paying the price for the failure to protect our borders.

It’s anti-social

What will it take for social media companies to accept their social responsibility?

The tech firms have failed to tackle racism, bullying and discrimination online.

Now we learn they are allowing people with eating disorders to be bombarded with adverts for diet supplements and weight-loss apps.



Daniel Magson, chair of Anorexia & Bulimia Care, warns that targeted ads are 'dangerous'
Daniel Magson, chair of Anorexia & Bulimia Care, warns that targeted ads are ‘dangerous’

The companies claim they remove the advertisements as soon as they are notified.

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This is the same poor excuse they use when it comes to abusive or racist content.

What they refuse to admit is their algorithms are specifically designed to maximise profits without regard for social consequences.

Given their revenue, they could easily afford to do more to police their platforms to prevent people being exploited, trolled or abused.

They refuse to do so because they care more about money than morals.

We hail Legion



A century ago on Saturday, The British Legion was formed, offering hope and support to those most in need as the country began to recover from years of war
A century ago on Saturday, The British Legion was formed, offering hope and support to those most in need as the country began to recover from years of war

The Royal British Legion marks its hundredth anniversary on Saturday.

It has always made sure we remember those who served and died for their country, and should be proud of its long service.

We salute you.





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