PM presented a Halloween horror show on primetime TV last night

Cost of locking down is immense

BORIS Johnson presented a Halloween horror show on primetime TV last night.

He explained that our options are basically choosing the lesser of two catastrophes.

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With viral infections running out of control across Britain, the PM used grim statistics to make his convincing case for locking down England for four weeks.

Covid deaths could hit 1,400 a day by the first week of December, the epidemic could be twice as bad as in the spring and the NHS would be rapidly overwhelmed.

Britain is now experiencing 50,000 infections a day and Boris warns that the health service is facing a medical and moral disaster.

Nobody wants to see the NHS suffering the brunt of this crisis.

But the human cost of Lockdown Two in cold, dark winter could also make the three-month clamp in the spring look like a walk in the park.

Struggling small businesses already hit hard by the first wave will have no pre-Christmas trading to see them through. More firms will go to the wall and more jobs will be lost.

The decision to resume furlough for the duration is welcome but places another staggering load on our debts.

Furlough helped a lot of big chains while many small firms such as hairdressers and nail bars plus local pubs suffered. They will now be pushed to the brink of disaster.

The cost to the economy will be £1.8billion A DAY and the cost in lives lost to other untreated illness will be huge. 

Furthermore, how good is the exit plan from this new clamp?

The proposal to resume tiers for certain areas after December 2 raises the worrying possibility of a brighter Christmas for some parts of the country than others.

In any event Boris must ensure this lockdown does not last one second longer than necessary.

Because for all the good it does in the fight against Covid, its consequences are also disastrous for Britain.

A diamond, forever

FOR many James Bond fans, only one man had the true licence to kill: Sean Connery.

The six classic Bond films he made between 1962 and 1971 established 007 as the greatest action character in movies.

Sir Sean had the suave good looks of a ladykiller but he was a brilliant actor who went on to conquer Hollywood, win an Oscar and earn a knighthood.

Not bad for a milkman from Edinburgh.

St Peter will be waiting at heaven’s gate with the following words:

“We’ve been expecting you, Mr Bond.”

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