We welcome calls for President Macron to lift Britain's blanket travel ban — it was a pointless political gesture

Shame on EU

WE welcome news that President Macron has been asked to lift his blanket ban on travel from Britain.

It was a pointless political gesture. It beggars belief that a strain picked up in Kent back in early autumn hasn’t already spread around Europe.

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So it’s likely the UK is picking up more than France, Spain or Ireland only because we have carried out almost as much genome sequencing of Covid-19 as the rest of the world combined.

What’s more, Macron is in no place to get on his high horse about Britain’s handling of the emergency.

Astonishingly, while the UK is on track to vaccinate ALL vulnerable Brits within months, no EU country has yet administered a single jab.

And because the bloc ordered too few vaccines in the first instance, it now looks possible that some member states won’t even be able to get the pandemic under control by next Autumn.

If the French president was attempting to give Britain a taste of No Deal — as furious Downing Street insiders suggest — he should be ashamed of himself.

Ordinary French truckers stuck in endless queues deserve better than a posturing president playing politics with their lives.

Help for lonely

BRITAIN’S loneliness epidemic has reached crisis point.

Eight million adults are facing Christmas alone – with 83 per cent of them unlikely to speak to anyone at all face-to-face on Christmas Day.

Through our Christmas Together campaign, you — our brilliant readers — have been tackling the problem head-on by giving the gift of your company.

And off the back of your efforts, the Government has pitched in: today the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport donated a record £7.5million to provide targeted relief to those most at risk of loneliness.

For those stuck at home without friends or family nearby, this Christmas might not be the most wonderful time. But thanks to your generosity, it’s now looking that little bit brighter.

Save our pubs

PUBS survived the first lockdown by the skin of their teeth. Ever since, they’ve bent over backwards to stay Covid secure.

But now — through no fault of their own — they are being forced to shut up shop during their busiest season.

Which is why today, we are calling on Boris and his ministers to throw an urgent lifeline to publicans.

Yes, the furlough scheme is helping them cling on to precious staff. But they are still paying through the nose to rent premises they are forbidden from using.

And without urgent help, they will soon pull down their shutters for the final time.

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