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If not now, then when? Stormont owes us an answer

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Finally, Boris Johnson has said something worth listening to. As the Prime Minister announced the end of Covid restrictions in England, he asked a crucial question.

If not now, then when?

The PM said: “If we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the arrival of summer, and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves: ‘when will be able to return to normal’?”

And here’s the clincher: “To those who say we should delay again — the alternative to that is to open up in the winter, when the virus will have an advantage, or not at all this year.”

I never thought I’d write these words, but Johnson is right. If we don’t exit soon, then we’ll be stuck in Covid limbo indefinitely, with all the horrific collateral damage that comes with that.

Of course, there’s been huge push-back — some of it suspiciously well-coordinated — against the PM’s decision to scrap face masks and social distancing.

If you thought the doom-mongering couldn’t get any more apocalyptic — well, it just has. And it’s only going to get louder and more hysterical, as those who demand the impossible task of suppressing Covid........

© Belfast Telegraph

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