New national lockdown is a mistake — Boris Johnson must keep his promise to release us on December 2

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THE fact that Covid cases were already plummeting across London is yet more evidence the new lockdown is a mistake.

The tiers system would have worked given the chance.

The PM must never lose sight of the 'levelling-up' agenda which helped him win power

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The PM must never lose sight of the 'levelling-up' agenda which helped him win powerCredit: GETTY IMAGES

Yes, a few hospitals around Britain are under huge strain, as NHS chief Simon Stevens says.

But many have few Covid patients or none.

A nationwide lockdown is a political error for the PM too.

It clobbers working-class people far harder than ­middle-class penpushers still logging on at home for a Zoom call.

And they are exactly the voters the Tories need, and to whom they owe a debt.

Donald Trump exceeded expectations in the US election because he tapped into working-class people’s desire for more opportunity, low tax and tougher action on crime — as well as their rejection of socialist fantasies, woke moralising and “social justice” thuggery.

Boris has to learn from that — and never lose sight of the “levelling-up” agenda which helped him win power.

The impact on working people’s lives and livelihoods should be a key factor in every Covid decision.

Starting with keeping that promise to release us on December 2.

Facts & figures

WE always said extending furlough would be ruinously costly — and the Chancellor agreed.

Yesterday he did it anyway.

Rishi Sunak could not foresee a second lockdown leaving so many needing a new rescue

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Rishi Sunak could not foresee a second lockdown leaving so many needing a new rescueCredit: PA:Press Association

True, circumstances changed.

When Covid seemed in retreat, Rishi Sunak could not foresee a second lockdown leaving so many needing a new rescue.

It is still logical and fair to prevent staff at normally viable businesses — now forced to close yet again — being thrown on the dole for Christmas.

But this one-size-fits-all furlough is the bluntest of tools.

It encourages firms which have already adapted to operate at lower levels to shut down instead and hibernate.

That helps no one.

Our greater objection is that Rishi wasn’t wrong about it being ruinous.

Every day a blizzard of increasingly dubious Covid stats purports to justify new curbs.

Where are the graphs detailing the gargantuan bill?

Or showing how far taxes must rise to pay it back?

Or the budgets that will need to be cut?

Taxpayers must be kept informed about our stricken finances as well as the disease.

Or they might just conclude there is a Magic Money Tree after all.

And that won’t end well for the Tories.

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Puff in cuffs

IT is less surprising that serial thief Carl Scarrow was able to swig lager and smoke dope while handcuffed in a police van than that he was nicked in the first place.

Our cops have given up on burglars.

Carl Scarrow smirks as he's filmed smoking a spliff and downing lager whilst handcuffed in the back of a police van

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Carl Scarrow smirks as he's filmed smoking a spliff and downing lager whilst handcuffed in the back of a police vanCredit: East News Press Agency

Yet they can’t wait to collar non-criminals for minor Covid breaches or for offending woke snowflakes on Twitter.

Perhaps because some of those woke snowflakes are chiefs of police.

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