THE EU’s childish temper tantrums just keep coming, more thick than fast.
The latest threat to illegally block exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in European factories is another pathetic attempt to demonise Britain and distract from the EU’s calamitous vaccine rollout.
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Ursula von der Leyen is the European Commission PresidentCredit: Reuters
This is a medicine developed by Britain, with millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money and the brilliance of British scientists.
The British Government put a supply network in place early while the Eurocrats were failing to get their act together.
Far from hoarding the vaccine, as the EU would like to suggest, we have licensed it for use around the world for the good of humanity, not for profit.
It’s a safe and spectacularly effective vaccine that EU leaders have denigrated from the start, for no other reason than that it is a massive post-Brexit British success story which they can’t stand.
And because their disinformation has confused their own people, they have unused stockpiles of the same life-saving AZ vaccine they want to stop others from having, while they have failed to prevent a third wave of Covid.
As Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says, they need to grow up.
LET’S not kid ourselves. Britain is never going to match the size of Russia’s or China’s armies.
Our military has long relied on quality not quantity and our world-class servicemen and women are testament to that.
Cutting our troop numbers would encourage our enemiesCredit: PA
As the threats we face change rapidly, the Government certainly needs to put more money into high-tech equipment and invest in cyber defences.
But former Chief of the Defence Staff General Lord Richards is right to warn of the danger of slashing troop numbers.
It would not only encourage our enemies but risks asking too much of the thinly-spread forces left to do all the amazing work we expect of them.
THE rump of hereditary peers still entitled to sit in Parliament and claim expenses was meant to be temporary back in 1999.
Incredibly, 85 of them, with an average age of 71, are still on the public payroll simply because of their birthright.
Incredibly, 85 hereditary peers are on the public payroll because of their birthrightCredit: Getty
It’s time the farcical by-elections which perpetuate this anachronism were stopped and peerages allowed to wither away.
A LANDMARK rights deal will see top-tier British women’s football broadcast live on mainstream TV.
It’s brilliant for the development of the women’s game and brilliant for fans.
What a great result.
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