Easing lockdowns as infection, hospital and death rates plummet is not risk free.
But the huge success of the NHS mass vaccination programme allows all parts of the UK to take calculated gambles.
From Monday in England all shops, hairdressers and gyms will reopen. Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers sitting outdoors. This is all welcome.
Boris Johnson’s hesitancy about what happens after that is more than caution.
He is scared of the Tory MPs opposed to any introduction of Covid certificates to, for example, go into pubs.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are progressing but it’s regrettable that in London an uncertain Prime Minister is struggling with internal Party issues.
His only concern should be what is best for lives and livelihoods.
Experts are warning infections could rise but jabs mean a third wave should not be anywhere as near as deadly as the first and second.
Individually we need to take care. Collectively there is genuine hope.
Digi tax right
Supermarket boss Richard Walker’s call for a Government digital tax to equalise the high street and online retailers is on the money.
Hitting bricks and mortar shops while the likes of Amazon legally get an easy tax ride is bad for communities and the economy.
High street shops are the beating hearts of our towns and cities and to let them die would destroy a little bit of Britain.
In life we sometimes don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone. Let’s save our High Streets before it is too late.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s ability to inspire us even after death is a mark of the impact he made in the pandemic.
There are plans to use what would have been his 101st birthday to raise funds for charities. Proof, if any were needed, that Capt Tom was right – tomorrow will be a good day.