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The Guardian view on Covid curbs ending: Tory MPs are happy; many Britons are not | Editorial

The country is about to find out how costly the prime minister’s delay and indecision in the face of a lethal, highly infectious pathogen will be

Boris Johnson, claimed his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, lurched between policies “like a shopping trolley smashing from one side of the aisle to the other”. Mr Cummings has an axe to grind with his old boss, but the image is not a new one. David Cameron’s former spin doctor said Mr Johnson “wobbled all over the place like a wonky shopping trolley” over which side to back for the EU referendum. Six in 10 voters think the prime minister can’t make up his mind.

The zigzagging between options, whether in respect of Brexit or the Covid-19 response, is a feature, rather than a bug, in the Johnson government’s operating system. A desperate rush to drop Covid rules in England next week has only emphasised the dangers of delay and indecision in the face of a lethal, highly infectious pathogen.

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