In poll position to get rid of Tories
Boris Johnson’s failings as Prime Minister are all too clear for every one of us to see.
On the big issues, he and his party have failed the public time and time again.
From the unfolding nightmare of Brexit, the unmitigated disasters of the Covid pandemic, the abandonment of leadership on Afghanistan and the tax raid on ordinary working people, the Conservatives’ record is one of failure.
It has been truly remarkable to see the Conservatives’ poll ratings hold up for quite so long despite their performance in office.
Perhaps Johnson has had an extended run because Covid demanded that the ordinary rivalries we are used to were put to one side.
And then the vaccine appeared, like a miracle, on his watch.
The lockdown left Labour’s new leader Keir Starmer struggling to make an impact.
Sometimes at the despatch box he has failed to make the most of opportunities to hold the Government to account.
But the race to the next general election is a marathon, not a sprint.
This coming season, as the effects of Brexit, lockdown, benefit cuts and the end of furlough begin to dig into the flesh, Starmer must shape a clear and compelling alternative to the sophistry of Johnson.
One poll is not a turn-around, but it is sign that it can be done.
Live and kicking
After a year-and-a-half of Covid restrictions, it is great to see young people being able to meet their friends and enjoy some live music again.
The TRNSMT festival will play host to thousands of music fans over three days after cancellations and delays made it look at one stage like it would never happen.
Our pictures from the opening day show that many young Scots are making up for lost time.
Let’s hope that everyone stays safe and enjoys some of the UK’s top music acts coming to Scotland.
The pandemic has taught us that life is short and that we do owe it to ourselves and to each other to have a good time when we can.
Hopefully the joyful scenes on Glasgow Green this weekend are a sign of better days to come for everyone.
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