‘Boris gives UK both barrels’: how the UK papers covered Johnson’s Covid speech

Prime minister’s appeal for national unity and discipline in face of ‘invisible enemy’ gets blanket coverage with its sheer grimness

Boris Johnson’s bleak televised speech setting out months of coronavirus restrictions dominates Wednesday’s front pages, with quotes aplenty and varying degrees of optimism.

The Daily Mail reflects the full force of the prime minister’s speech: “Boris give UK both barrels”. It focuses on his criticism of those breaching the rules and the main image nods to his mention of using the army to support the police.

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