Opinion | Boris Johnson Is a Terrible Leader. It Doesn’t Matter.

Britain’s prime minister is slapdash, venal, incompetent — and unassailably popular.

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England to enter toughest Covid lockdown since March

England will enter its toughest nationwide lockdown since March, with schools closed and people allowed to leave home once a day for exercise for at least six weeks, Boris Johnson has announced as the numbers of people in hospital reach new highs.

All pupils will switch to remote learning until the February half-term, the prime minister said in an address to the nation, and GCSE and A-level exams are unlikely to go ahead as planned. All non-essential shops will be told to close.

Under the third national lockdown, people in England will be ordered to stay at home until at least 15 February and advised only to leave once a day for exercise. MPs are expected to vote the tough new measures into law from Wednesday, though businesses will be advised to close from Monday night [ . . . ]

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Scottish PM Nicola Sturgeon announces £500 one-off ‘thank you’ payment for NHS and care staff