Marc of respect
FOR too long the honours system has been used to reward time-serving nobodies and political favourites.
So it is great to see the delayed Queen’s Birthday Honours recognising those in the front line of the fight against Covid.
The list quite rightly has gongs aplenty for hundreds of unsung doctors, nurses and voluntary staff who performed heroics at the height of the pandemic.
While NHS staff, key workers and volunteers worked tirelessly to save lives and help communities, there are nods too for celebs who did their bit to keep us fit, fed, educated and entertained.
We salute, for example, the Knight Grand Cross for Sir David Attenborough and the damehood for Mary Berry.
Especially well-deserved is the MBE for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford who has done so much for vulnerable children.
Even as he received news of his award he was keen to use this platform to press the Prime Minister for more free school meals for disadvantaged kids.
If Black History Month has been a reminder of the remarkable figures who helped to shape Britain’s past, then Mr Rashford is an impressive example of the new generation who will mould its future.
It’s a bitter pill
AS Boris Johnson prepares to shut pubs and restaurants in the North, the evidence to support the economically ruinous move looks increasingly dodgy.
Data from Public Health England reveals only 30 Covid outbreaks have been linked to hospitality venues, which should surprise no one except perhaps chief medic Chris Whitty.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has had to come up with another multi-billion-pound bailout in anticipation of tougher restrictions.
It won’t be enough for many businesses and their workers.
Pictures of drinkers huddled outside Covid-secure but locked-up pubs in Scotland and Newcastle are evidence that nonsensical restrictions will not stop irresponsible socialising.
There is no disputing that infections have risen in recent weeks and action must be taken.
But the Government needs the public on-side to make sensible measures work.
People will lose faith in health officials who base policies on flimsy facts.
FIRST school children are taught to wash their hands to the song Happy Birthday, then they are banned from singing it.
Others risk illness in freezing classrooms because government guidelines say windows should be kept open.
Poor Lynda Bellingham would be so sad over family rift after her son ‘bans’ her husband from his wedding
Criticising Charlie Dimmock for putting on weight is horribly unfair… she still looks great
Covid won’t cause the vast majority of young pupils any harm.
But the precautions against it might.
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