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Thanks to the texts published by Dominic Cummings, we now know Boris Johnson concluded that Matt Hancock was not up to the job.

We also know there was a crisis with supplies of protective kit to frontline staff. Yet the Prime Minister did nothing about it.

This is not a minor error of judgment. This involves a senior minister responsible for decisions that had life or death consequences.

If Mr Johnson privately agreed his Health Secretary was hopeless, why did he not sack him?

The only logical explanation is he did not want to admit his government had handled the initial stages of the pandemic so badly.

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It is convenient to scapegoat Mr Hancock but final responsibility lies with the PM, who was too slow with lockdown, failed to protect care home residents and left our borders open.

No wonder he is delaying the public inquiry into his response to Covid.

Safety first

For decades the voluntary approach to vaccinations has served this country well.

We have some of the world’s highest take-up rates for jabs. So the decision to make Covid vaccinations mandatory for care home staff was bound to be controversial.

There are understandable fears the move could result in more staff leaving a profession already struggling with recruitment.

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But making sure workers have the vaccination is the best way of keeping our loved ones safe.

At the moment, take-up for jabs among care home staff is far lower, at 69%, than it is for NHS staff, at 84%. So there is a strong argument for mandatory vaccinations.

The next step should be to tackle the low pay and high staff turnover in a profession which has been badly treated for too long.

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Our groundsmen are so good they are in charge of maintaining 10 of the event’s 11 pitches. They are clearly a cut above the rest.