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JANET STREET-PORTER: Boris has to end the big class differences between Covid


It's New Years and we're still wearing masks, staying apart, and staying inside.

This has become a compulsory lifestyle for 90 percent of the population. And whatever Boris promises for the vaccines, you should get used to it for a while.

We – the sensible people – enjoyed the Christmas dinner comfortably alone or in tiny groups and toasted absent friends and relatives.

The turkey was too big and it's still in the fridge. Most of the cake is left uneaten. The ham was a mistake – why not put it in the freezer before it rots?

New Year's Eve seemed to be celebrating quietly with little, and freezing weather ensured that bedtime wasn't much after midnight.

But deep down, most of us found this year's scaled-down celebrations acceptable because we care about others.

We have a social conscience. If a bleak Christmas helped keep people from getting sick and dying, then so be it.

But what about the "special" people who refuse to obey the rules?

Celebs (like boxer and strictly star Nicola Adams and her friend (pictured)) who can afford to fly to the Maldives and claim it is a "business trip"?

The celebs (like boxer and strict star Nicola Adams and her friend) who can afford to fly to the Maldives and claim it is a "business trip"?

Or that damn joke from a reality show that thought she was escaping quarantine in Barbados (apparently another "work assignment") when her equally stupid partner tested positive for Covid on arrival.

Love Island stars Zara Holland and Elliott Love were reportedly detained in St. Lucia after exiting mandatory quarantine at their Barbados hotel and taking a taxi to the airport, presumably to catch a flight somewhere to attempt.

And what about the dozen of illegal New Years Eve raves and house parties across the UK that had to be shut down by the police?

You may wonder why the Mayor of London didn't cancel the city's annual fireworks display, but that would be a smart question.

Love Island stars Zara Holland and Elliott Love (pictured together) were reportedly detained in St. Lucia after exiting mandatory quarantine at their Barbados hotel and taking a taxi to the airport, presumably at to take a flight somewhere

Love Island stars Zara Holland and Elliott Love (pictured together) were reportedly detained in St. Lucia after exiting mandatory quarantine at their Barbados hotel and taking a taxi to the airport, presumably at to take a flight somewhere

Predictably, thousands of people flocked to central London for weeks of entertainment, ignoring the social distancing to enjoy the free presentation.

In Essex alone, police fined over £ 18,000 on anyone who breached the strict Tier 4 rules. This was also the case in Blackburn, Brighton, Norfolk, London Docklands and the Greater Manchester area.

Hundreds and hundreds of stupid people who believe they are somehow immune to this new, contagious strain of Covid-19.

I am surprised that there is no more social unrest, that the reasonable majority tolerate this incredibly selfish and thoughtless behavior of (mostly) young people and tragic ravers, whose lives would only be worth living if they could lay their hands on some class- A-drugs and squirm to deafening music in a disused warehouse.

When the government decided before Christmas to enforce stricter levels, surely all international travel should have been banned?

Instead, thousands of wealthy people flocked to the Caribbean, the Maldives, ski resorts in Switzerland and ski resorts in the Middle East such as Dubai. They were determined to take a fun break after facing the tremendous inconvenience of months of lockdown.

Influencers have to be exposed, so they have to be able to change their outfit at least three times a day – which is what makes glamorous ski areas such as Aspen and exclusive ski areas such as St. Barts so attractive.

There's nothing like taking a costly winter break to tackle the ever-widening gap between the rich and the majority getting by as best they can.

If I see another picture of a Kardashian in a tasteless fur coat, crop top, and ski boots, I'll scream. The same goes for Karen Brady's daughter Sophia and her daily bikini report from Dubai.

These pictures don't wake me up. They're acutely depressing because I have a terrible feeling that a large number of these sun-kissed babes and fashion-conscious skiers will magically disappear into the ether if they test positive for Covid.

Again, I'm afraid they're going to assume "special" rules apply because they're celebs or flush with cash – the kind of special rules Rita Ora always seems to use when trying to rule over a money Social distancing and quarantine comfortably "forgetting" – appearance in another country.

When Boris, Chris Whitty and JVT stand up at their press conferences and ask us to wear masks, stay home, cut back on shopping trips and only travel to work, it seems like they are speaking in a language like the ones used by Zara Holland and Nicola Adams have not yet mastered.

In the meantime, the police, border guards, airport staff, and paramedics hired to perform Covid tests on travelers bear the brunt of this apparent manipulation of the rules as they also have to resolve stab wounds (stab wounds on Edgware Road on New Years Day) Eva, pictured), gang meetings, midnight raves and drunk parties, forced to go ahead and test people who could be highly contagious

In the meantime, the police, border guards, airport staff, and paramedics hired to perform Covid tests on travelers bear the brunt of this apparent manipulation of the rules as they also have to resolve stab wounds (stab wounds on Edgware Road on New Years Day) Eva, pictured), gang meetings, midnight raves and drunk parties, forced to go ahead and test people who could be highly contagious

Meanwhile, the police, border guards, airport staff, and medics hired to conduct Covid tests on travelers bear the brunt of this overt manipulation of the rules as it also resolves knife stabs, gang meetings, midnight raves, and drunks need parties that are forced to move on and test people who could be highly contagious.

Like nurses and NHS workers, they earn huge rewards for doing this frontline work.

The only step Boris now remains is to issue a national curfew. He should use it to give the police a break.

He needs to introduce new laws that will allow them to put anyone found on the street after 9 p.m. into a cold, uncomfortable cell without written permission.

During this second wave of Covid, Boris has consistently tried not to be seen as authoritarian. It swayed across plains, swayed across local locks, and swayed across trips abroad.

With the infection rate spiraling out of control, he has to accept that there should be a set of rules in the UK for everyone, regardless of what they deserve, who they are related to, what social media profile they have and what isn't their age.

Meanwhile, our hospitals are barely managing, our nurses are on the verge of rupture, and doctors say there are insufficient respiratory protective equipment, forcing them to make life or death decisions when faced with critically ill patients.

And what about the dedicated ambulance employees who sit for hours in their vehicles with highly infectious patients and queue up in front of departments A and E and wait for an admission point? Why should these workers have to treat anyone who has caught or spreading Covid after violating the rules that the majority of us abide by?

Perhaps our airport hotels and military bases should be requested as mandatory quarantine facilities for all returning travelers. That might make some people think twice about flying away to escape.

Covid is a problem that we all have to deal with. Not just normal, decent people.

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