Voice of the Mirror: ‘Boris Johnson won’t say sorry for crisis handling – bring on the inquiry’

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Boris Johnson has finally admitted the Government could have handled the ­ coronavirus outbreak differently.

The Prime Minister’s comments stand in contrast with his previous claim that he made the right ­decisions at the right time.

That line was unsustainable when the UK has one of the highest death tolls in the world.

The truth is that Mr Johnson was too slow to recognise the scale of the challenge posed by Covid-19.

Delays in introducing the lockdown, providing protective kit and rolling out testing have cost people their lives.

Mr Johnson now says the Government will learn lessons from its initial approach. He must be good to his word.

When there is a distinct possibility of a second wave, it is imperative that an inquiry is held now and not kicked into the long grass to spare the PM’s blushes.

The Prime Minister has finally woken up to the need to tackle our obesity crisis.

A year ago, Mr Johnson dismissed plans to improve the nation’s diet as the act of a nanny state. But after being struck down by Covid-19 earlier this year, he has had a change of heart.

Next week he is expected to announce measures to curb obesity numbers, including a ban on junk food TV adverts after 9pm.

While the PM’s U-turn is welcome, the Government has been far too slow to respond. It will take more than an advertising ban to halt the rise in obesity.

The Tories could start by reversing the cuts which have seen leisure centres closed, sports fields sold off and PE classes reduced in schools across the country.

Despite their best efforts, rescuers failed to save a basking shark stranded off the Yorkshire coast.

It is rare for the creature to be found so far north but then again, fins ain’t what they used to be.

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