Voice of The Mirror: Reduced to tiers by the Prime Minister’s twists and U-turns

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Boris Johnson has finally accepted he has to be the Grinch that stole Christmas.

But better that than the Grim Reaper.

On Monday the PM will deliver the good news that lockdown will end in 10 days.

And the bad – that it will be replaced by a tougher tier system which for much of the country will be little better than lockdown.

This newspaper accepts that traditional family gatherings were never realistic this Christmas, despite the PM’s optimistic bluster.

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And the scientists of Independent SAGE, who are not beholden to the Government, agreed that the risk was too great.

But we worry that Mr Johnson will mess up his new restrictions as he has bungled everything else.

He has twisted and U-turned more times than a cobra – from free school meals to exam results.

His “world-beating” test and trace is still failing to detect four in 10 infections.

He twice locked down too late and saved Dominic Cummings when he should have sacked him – and U-turned and sacked him anyway.

Bullying Priti Patel is still in place when she should be gone.

All that erodes public trust, essential for getting through this pandemic as a united nation.

Stricter tiers is an admission the previous ones failed.

And, God help us, Matt Hancock is in charge of vaccines.

Meanwhile, the economy is tanking, retailers have lost £2billion this month alone, and the nation’s debt has soared above £2trillion.

We will not see the details of the PM’s latest proposals until tomorrow.

And we will be praying that they are a hell of a lot better than his previous ones.

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