As Britain is engulfed by a second wave of Covid as vicious as the first, this is no time for a second-rate prime minister.

Yet that is what we have. is so staggeringly incompetent that when he tries to simplify rules, he makes them so confusing, even he cannot understand them.

The stay-at-home message during national lockdown was clear and straightforward.

The only pity was that a dithering Mr Johnson failed to introduce it sooner.

And now the PM is making the same mistake.

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Voice of the Sunday Mirror: United front needed to beat virus – not tiers of clown Johnson
Sir Keir Starmer has called for a two week circuit breaker lockdown
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His Sage scientists have warned him that the complex tier system will not be enough to halt the alarming spread of the virus.

It is a postcode lottery of restrictions which, by dividing communities, sows division in the country. We need a PM who will bring Britain together. Not one ripping it apart.

With half-term approaching, mixed messages will be even harder to navigate.

At the borders of the new tiers, families will struggle to fathom why on one side of the street they can entertain loved ones in their homes while those over the road cannot.

The answer is the two-week, half-term national circuit breaker Keir Starmer demands.

Voice of the Sunday Mirror: United front needed to beat virus – not tiers of clown Johnson

Voice of the Sunday Mirror: United front needed to beat virus – not tiers of clown Johnson

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Mr Johnson says that would damage the economy. He’s right. Indeed it would.

But as Anneliese Dodds tells us today, the long-term price of not doing so will be even worse, a staggering £110billion.

Leadership during a crisis is not about making easy decisions between good and bad.

During this crisis, it is about making a ­difficult choice between bad or worse.

And again the PM is making the wrong choice. Once he gets around to another U-turn, it will be too late for those who will inevitably die because he did not act earlier.

Voice of the Sunday Mirror: United front needed to beat virus – not tiers of clown Johnson
Even cannot understand the rules that are in place
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Andy Burnham says is hanging the North out to dry by locking it down.

The Greater Manchester metro mayor wants MPs to decide what’s best for his region, not the PM.

He also favours a national circuit-breaker so we are all in this together.

Better that than the tiers of a clown.

Right decision

Voice of the Sunday Mirror: United front needed to beat virus – not tiers of clown Johnson
Steven Gallant (left) with friend Jack Merritt (right, who died in the London Bridge attack). Gallant has been pardoned by the Queen
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Talking of difficult choices, the Queen had to make one when approving a pardon for the saviour of the London Bridge terror attack.

On the one hand, day-release convict Steven Gallant was the hero who saved lives by risking his own, fending off a murderous terrorist after arming himself with only a narwhal tusk.

On the other hand, he was serving a 17-year prison sentence for a particularly brutal murder that he himself had committed.

There is often a fine dividing line between a heroic character and a villainous one.

Gallant appears to be a bit of both.

But the last word should go to the son of the man Gallant beat to death, who says of his dad’s killer: “People can change.”

It is a generous and dignified response, of which his father could be proud.

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