DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Now the Prime Minister must meet challenges head on
Is Boris Johnson a very lucky general? To face such abysmally weak Labour leaders as Jeremy Corbyn and Sir Keir Starmer, some say the gods have indeed smiled upon him.
But the idea he’s had some celestial blessing is undermined by the extraordinary events of his premiership so far.
Dominated by Brexit, Covid, the cost of living crunch and the Ukraine war, there has been little political room to do anything else.
We are pleased he is braced for a battle royale over his popular policy of deporting illegal Channel migrants to Rwanda
But in an interview with the Mail today, the Prime Minister is emphatic that he now has other targets in his sights.
We are pleased he is braced for a battle royale over his popular policy of deporting illegal Channel migrants to Rwanda.
Inhabitants of the liberal metropolitan bubble sneer at so-called unenlightened concerns about porous borders.
But this is a core issue for millions who actually feel the impact of illicit migration on their local housing, schools, hospitals and security.
Mr Johnson must face down Left-wing lawyers and agitators who, by blocking removals and effectively colluding with the traffickers, have blood on their hands.
The PM is also right to take an axe to the self-serving, bloated, sclerotic Civil Service.
The stubborn refusal of this Leftist blob to return to the office means exasperated Britons are suffering intolerable delays in everything from passports and driving licences to tax rebates.
The bureaucratic tail must be ordered to stop wagging the Government dog.
Inhabitants of the liberal metropolitan bubble sneer at so-called unenlightened concerns about porous borders
On Northern Ireland, Mr Johnson has given the EU every chance to help fix the nightmare Protocol, but he has been fobbed off. Out of sheer spite, Brussels has chosen to interpret the rules of post-Brexit trade checks as inflexibly as possible, causing massive disruption to business.
This has inflamed sectarian tensions, culminating with the DUP refusing to form a new power-sharing body at Stormont. It is shameful the EU seems more disgusted by goods going from Liverpool to Larne than about member states buying Russian oil.
If talks have failed, the PM should override the Protocol to preserve peace in Ulster.
Each of these challenges alone are huge. But as with Brexit, the vanquishing of Corbyn, and the Covid vaccine, Mr Johnson has an enviable track record of getting things done. We trust he will again.
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It is testament to how much the Queen means to the nation that when she pulls out of public appearances, people worry.
Like most 96-year-olds she’s not as sprightly as she once was and sometimes needs rest. But when we do see her beaming smile, it cheers the whole country.
Yesterday, Her Majesty radiated happiness at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Her determination to carry on with as many duties as possible is truly inspiring.
With the historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations approaching, we give thanks for her exemplary reign.
Like most 96-year-olds she’s not as sprightly as she once was and sometimes needs rest
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