With the end of Plan B, this should have been Boris’s moment of triumph

A Conservative defection, a public denunciation by the former Brexit secretary and claims by former adviser Dominic Cummings that Boris Johnson knew about the lockdown drinks that later became the so-called ‘Partygate’. It has not been a good week for the Prime Minister.

But on Covid it has, according to Telegraph columnist and co-host of our Planet Normal podcast Allison Pearson.

With Plan B’s coronavirus restrictions lifted, “Boris Johnson has been confirmed,” she tells the podcast, which you can listen to using the audio player above.

“Sir Keir Starmer has asked the Prime Minister for evidence to end Plan B. Have we seen the Labor leader ask for evidence to introduce the restrictions? No! You have cheek.”

“The opposition has not questioned any of the rules, but has repeatedly called for them to be tightened.”

She cites France, which reintroduced lockdown measures at the end of December, only to see 460,000 cases in 24 hours in mid-January.

For co-host Liam Halligan, the end of restrictions next Thursday is a welcome distraction from the rows of Downing Street parties that have engulfed Westminster.

“He’s trying to get beyond that.”

“Boris will hope that the line that crosses is that he got the big decisions right when the story of Covid was being made. That’s what he needs to focus on, because objectively speaking, Britain, and certainly England, is in a better position than pretty much any economy in the northern hemisphere, and in that sense, in the situation that everyone around the world has been having a really bad time, The UK has a claim to having fared reasonably well during this pandemic.”

“He hopes that lifting these Plan B restrictions will bring the Tories back to their side, get the grassroots back on their side and the silent majority of the British people back on their side.”

Joining Liam and Allison in this week’s episode is actress and presenter Denise Welch. She tells listeners when she first saw signs of a ‘Covidian cult’ and shares her first-hand experience of a ‘broken’ NHS.

Listen to Planet Normal, a weekly Telegraph podcast featuring news and views from beyond the bubble, with the audio player above or below Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite podcast app. With the end of Plan B, this should have been Boris’s moment of triumph

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