A new horror
HOW could it happen again?
The murder of Sabina Nessa in a London park, so soon after that of Sarah Everard, is horrifying and heartbreaking.
The sole scrap of comfort after Sarah’s kidnapping by a warped predator is that such cases are rare.
But violence against women and girls isn’t. Three women every week on average are killed by their partner or ex-partner.
Just six months later, Sabina has been killed walking to her local pub.
We do not yet know how or why she died. It is hard to learn lessons so early.
These women have been killed by men — but the vast majority of men are not a threat.
It’s time for everybody to stand together against the evil of violence.
We don’t have all the solutions.
Start with better street lighting, more CCTV and far, far more cops on patrol.
Oh dear Keir
KEIR Starmer went wrong from the first word of the tsunami of cliché he somehow hopes will endear him to voters. It should have been “Sorry”.
Sorry to 17.4million Leave supporters whose votes he plotted to negate with his second referendum.
Sorry even to his fellow Remain backers for triggering, through his refusal to compromise, the so-called “hard Brexit” they feared most.
Sorry to the nation for his role in paralysing Parliament for two years.
Sorry for trying to install the odious extremist Corbyn as Prime Minister.
Sorry for his baseless Covid scaremongering and utterly destructive Captain Hindsight opportunism.
Those apologies are all absent from his sleep-inducing 11,500-word policy statement. So, sadly, is any original thought.
Guess what? Starmer — whose only genuinely positive act was belatedly kicking Corbyn out — thinks the Tories are wicked and always wrong.
But his own supposedly superior ideas are simply vague, vapid banalities any politician to the right of Karl Marx could sign up to.
It is all so lamentably forgettable.
Unlike Starmer’s long career of misjudgements.
No big deal
NOTE the juvenile glee with which the anti-Brexit media greeted the current stalemate over the US trade deal. But it’s not the slam-dunk they think.
True, sealing it would still be quite the bonus for British consumers. But it was never going to be plain-sailing.
Progress with Trump was scuppered by the long campaign to keep us shackled to the EU customs union. Biden’s lack of interest makes it even trickier.
One day it will happen. But a US deal was way down Leave voters’ wishlist anyway.
Besides, we ARE free to sign scores more, for the first time since 1973.
That’s a prize worth having.