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Boris Johnson has revelled in being centre stage at the G7 Summit.

His opening remarks yesterday may have sounded good for the world’s media but they fell apart under the slightest scrutiny.

The Prime Minister said it was important to learn the lessons of the pandemic, yet he has delayed the inquiry into his response to Covid until the spring of next year.

He then claimed the inequalities exposed by the pandemic should not become entrenched.

His fellow world leaders, not to mention the British public, will rightly ask, if this is the case, why is Britain the only G7 nation to have cut its international aid budget in the past year.

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Why is his government spending just £50 per pupil to help with their educational recovery compared with £1,500 per pupil in the US?

And why has the number of children in poverty in the UK increased by nearly 500,000 in the past five years?

The attention-seeking PM has always put self-promotion before the graft of governing.

Instead of lecturing others, he should be addressing the failures of his own government.

Just rewards

Too often the honours system has been used to reward cronies and ­has-beens.

This year they have got it right by ­recognising the work of those who helped the country through the pandemic.

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Among those honoured are Kate Bingham, who oversaw the vaccination roll-out, and Professor Sarah Gilbert, who helped develop the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

But they also include scores of unsung Covid heroes and heroines: the NHS staff, volunteers and charity workers who stepped up.

They are a reminder of the goodwill and kindness that exists across the land.