Test of patience
HOT on the heels of the pingdemic and the green-amber-red holiday list shambles comes another fiasco.
The casual announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that families returning from the Costas should have yet another pricey PCR test is one more kick in the teeth.
The cost was eye-watering already.
The fourth test means a new bill of £332 before they fly home.
That’s a total of £1,328 just for testing on top of flights, hotels, food, drink and the rest.
Not much for Cabinet ministers on six- figure salaries.
A headache for others.
What’s more, we seriously doubt it will make a difference to the nation’s health.
Families have suffered much in the last 18 months.
For many this summer is the first real respite.
Capping the overall cost and scrapping VAT on these PCR tests would take some of the sting out.
It’s a small price for the Government to pay to show it’s on the public’s side.
HOW do those who champion anti-vax lies online sleep at night?
Their dangerously idiotic conspiracy theories are costing lives.
You may well have little sympathy for those who refuse to get jabbed.
But some find deranged tales of a sinister global elite foisting an untested, experimental vaccine on the planet seductive.
Even as deaths and hospitalisations plummet — and evidence pours in of the miracle brought about by AstraZeneca, Pfizer and others — they refuse to see.
In the cases of David Parker and Les Lawrenson it was a fatal mistake which has left their families and friends distraught.
Les was a Cambridge graduate.
Yet still he was brainwashed by toxic lies spread via YouTube.
Those with big social media followings who promote this guff — and the tech firms which enable them — should be ashamed until their dying day.
War on fun
OUR wartime generation mocked the Nazis even as they sheltered from their bombs.
Eighty years later we apparently need trigger warnings in case we’re upset by ’Allo ’Allo taking the mickey out of Hitler’s goons or the French Resistance.
Or by the saucy panto-style double entendres (pardon our French).
Who would be offended by ’Allo ’Allo except left-wing snowflakes who would never be seen dead watching it anyway?
Our friends across the Channel have always provided a rich source of comedy.
Only yesterday, to our delight, the European Parliament’s curtain-haired Chief Brexit Hater Guy Verhofstadt claimed the EU won the Olympics.
Forgive us for borrowing from another dangerously unwoke comedy classic.
But who do you think you are kidding, Mr Verhofstadt?