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For Boris everything will always turn out for the best — until it doesn’t | John Crace

PM’s response to Omicron is to do the bare minimum his deranged backbenchers will tolerate

Well, who would you trust with the nation’s health?

On the Radio 4 Today programme, Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency and frequent celebrity guest at Downing Street press conferences, had rather suggested that she would be taking a more cautious approach to the Omicron variant than the government. Instead of ripping off her mask in the pub and getting trashed at any Christmas party to which she could get herself invited, she would be limiting her social contacts wherever possible. And if the rest of us knew what was good for us, we would be following her example.

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