It is right to reintroduce lockdown in the north-west and not let our hard work go to waste

AFTER days of watching infections rise abroad, last night Health Secretary Matt Hancock was forced to reintroduce a shock partial lockdown in the north-west. 

From midnight last night millions in Manchester and a host of outlying towns have been banned from staying in each other’s homes.

Uncompromising as the new restrictions sound, the Health Secretary is right to impose them.

After the months of hardship the nation has gone through it would be disastrous to relax and let our hard work go to waste. 

But let us also keep a sense of proportion.

The nation cannot afford to scare the life out of people it desperately needs to return to work.

The Government must get the balance right.

In every respect we are vastly better prepared now for new spikes in cases, as Dr Hilary Jones says.

Yes, local flare-ups in the north need tackling to prevent hospitalisations and deaths rising significantly.

But remember that both remain a tiny fraction of what they were.

Let kids in

NO once-British terrorist should set foot here again. Likewise their wives or widows.

Take Shamima Begum, the vile extremist who sided with the murderous IS cult against us and even now only regrets that they were defeated.

She made a conscious choice and only grew harder.

The Government must continue fighting to keep her out.

But that does not hold true for the ­terrorists’ orphans and abandoned children, languishing in Syrian camps.

No one can know if they too would grow up to be West-hating fanatics.

But there is no better place than where they are to be brainwashed into such a life.

So we should take these kids back, on security and moral grounds, and put them in our care.

The Foreign Secretary is right to arrange for some to return.

They did not choose where they were born, nor to whom.

They are innocent and we should look after them.

Jungle joy

ITV has given us the best news in months.

Corrie and Emmerdale back full-time.

The BGT series will get finished.

And Britain’s biggest show I’m A Celeb will be back on, from Down Under.

We can forget about an invisible bug. And wince over revolting Aussie ones instead.

Willy waver

TRY to imagine the full horror of what Malcolm MacDonald suffered with his manhood.

It’s hard.

But thanks to the wonders of modern medical science he now has a bigger replacement on his arm.

Once in despair, now he’s cock-a-hoop.

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