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Freezing the wages of public service workers, including those hailed as heroes by the Government not so long ago, is both vindictive and short-sighted.

Imposing cuts in living standards on millions of frontline workers during the second wave of a pandemic would prove a fatal mistake.

The Chancellor must have learned nothing from previous Conservative errors.

And cherry-picking groups for pain or gain, exempting some and penalising others, will further demoralise the workforce.

Rishi Sunak will play the old Tory trick of trying to divide and rule, hoping to persuade private sector staff that the likes of teachers and council employees aren’t worth extra cash.

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But after the year we’ve endured, public and private sector workers alike deserve pay rises.

More money earned means more tax paid and more spending to boost the economy.

The Chancellor should invest to grow, not choke an already shrunken system.

Xmas sinners

Knowing many families would celebrate Christmas together whether the Prime Minister gave them permission or not, the Government has bowed to the inevitable.

By sanctioning wider bubbles, temporarily relaxing restrictions, Boris Johnson avoids having to deal with widespread disobedience.

We must all, however, be on our guard and follow the hands-face-space advice.

A holiday that’s supposed to be dedicated to goodwill resulting in a surge of sickness and death in January and February would be the worst ever New Year hangover.

Hope springs

The discovery of missing springer spaniel Bonnie six years after she was stolen shows that families should never give up hope of finding their lost pets.

And the fact that a kindly walker found and helped Bonnie shows that, as well as dogs being man’s best friend, men and women can be a dog’s best friend too.