DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Voters won’t forgive calamitous new curbs

Boris Johnson has left behind a terrible week. Today, The Mail presents sobering news for him regarding his paternity leaves.

A shocking poll has shown that two-thirds (or more) of his voters don’t believe him. Women are leaving him. And despite Labour’s sheer ineptitude, Sir Keir Starmer’s party now has a six-point lead.

It’s not exactly difficult to understand why. From the Owen Paterson affair, to stories of illegal lockdown parties inside No10, to the latest twist in the long-running ‘wallpapergate’ saga, the Government has lurched from one crisis to the other. And each raises vital questions about both the PM’s judgment and his integrity.

Any breach of trust is still a tiny drop in the vast ocean when compared to his historic decision to apply further Covid restrictions.

Our alarming poll shows an astonishing two-thirds of voters no longer trust him... women are deserting him

Alarming results from our poll show that two thirds of respondents no longer trust him… Women are abandoning him

To the naked eye, it appears at worst conveniently opportunistic – and at the very least wildly hasty.

The PM pulled down the shutters once more last year when Alpha ran amok. It was understandable. We now operate on far more favorable playing fields.

Infections have made huge progress since the roll-out of vaccines.

The risk of dying by thirty percent is being reduced with a soon-to-be available drug

Even though the Omicron strain has proved to be highly infectious, none of the 1,265 Omicron-related cases in the UK have been admitted to the hospital.

Yes, two AstraZeneca jabs have been shown not to be enough to fight the variant – but gratifyingly a booster provides massive protection.

It is sad to say that the PM seems not to have accepted any of these things.

He instead gave in to medical doommongers once more and reached for panic buttons, with talk about further restrictions coming in January.

These actions are almost too frightening to consider considering the potential dangers they pose for our economy, which is already in serious trouble.

Yesterday’s GDP figures show the economy grew by a paltry 0.1 per cent in October, well before these so-called ‘Plan B’ measures were even announced.

Businesses now have to deal with the three-way problem of calm winter trading and nerve-jangling inflation rates.

Government precaution is perfectly understandable, after having lost so many due to this terrible disease.

Despite Labour¿s sheer ineptitude, Sir Keir Starmer¿s party now has a six-point lead

Despite Labour’s sheer ineptitude, Sir Keir Starmer’s party now has a six-point lead

Is it really the best time to show weakness when there is so much at stake?

The coronavirus, as Johnson has said, is something that we need to accept and live with.

Now he must heed his words.

Come the next General Election it is not impossible that the current hysteria over gold-coloured wallpaper and ‘cheese and wine’ Downing Street soirees will be just a distant memory to voters.

They will never forget about their loss of income.

The sharks are a sight to behold

The Mail exposed the greedy private equity sharks, who used economic uncertainty to take over UK businesses in an effort to make quick cash.

All too often, greedy corporate bosses have succumbed to their siren’s call.

So how heartening that, following this newspaper’s dogged campaign, a group of ordinary savers that make up the membership of one of the UK’s oldest mutually owned life insurance companies, LV, yesterday told the predators at Bain Capital to go whistle.

They are, in fact, the guardians of responsible capitalism.