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Real leaders lead but Boris Johnson watches where the crowd is heading then runs to the front to pretend he’s leading.

If, as expected, he today delays the June 21 lifting of all Covid restrictions he will be running true to form.

Polls have signalled a delay would be popular despite the angry voices raised in opposition, so don’t be surprised if that is where he heads.

Whatever side of the argument we support, we should not ignore the fact that this mess can be traced back directly to his usual failure to act quickly and decisively.

His delay in stopping travel from India contributed at least in part to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

Johnson, who fancied himself as a global leader at the G7 summit, has repeatedly failed at home.

He has made many wrong decisions in this crisis – and the worry is his rare right dec­­isions have been for the wrong reasons.

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Improve care

Denmark footballer Christian Eriksen owes his life to the fact he received the best medical care after collapsing on
the pitch at the Euros.

To give every sports player a decent chance of surviving such a crisis, medical care available in schools and at clubs must be improved.

This should include provision of defibrillators, and training in how to use them.

Now would be a good moment to review emergency cover to fix problems and fill gaps.

We want many more people exercising because it is good for physical and emotional health but there should be adequate preparations for emergencies at all levels.

Let’s all win

England winning, Wales drawing and Scotland hopefully getting something out of tonight’s game would be a real result.

Fans of every home nation understandably want their own country to triumph but after Covid and so much political division we hope Britain as a whole hits the back of the net.