Labour should not be giving Boris Johnson a blank cheque on Covid restrictions | Chaminda Jayanetti

A threatened Tory revolt means the opposition actually has some leverage. It should use it to demand proper sick pay

It’s a day that ends in ‘y’, so the Tories are split. The latest divide is over the government’s new Covid rules – specifically, the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants.

The 10pm curfew sums up the latest phase of the Conservative response to Covid. After the initial lockdown and then Prop Up Pret, we now have a shambles on every front – rising infections, falling economic protections, failing track and trace, a confused jumble of local lockdown measures that have no obvious effect, chaos on campus, and, worst of all, the distinct sense that nobody at the top really knows what is driving infections or where transmission is taking place.

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