Covid UK: Police fine rule flouters in the Cotswolds 'because they can't go shopping in London'

Londoners who travelled to the Cotswolds were fined by police for flouting Covid travel curbs, while two climbers who scaled Ben Nevis were handed £60 fines for driving 100 miles from Glasgow.
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'No one trusts EU now!' Britons rage as France says NI not part of UK in Brexit swipe
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Will Boris Johnson Come To Regret Making July 19 The Terminus Of His Roadmap?
You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Just when you think you’ve got it beat, Covid-19 somehow comes back stronger. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger but without the charm, this Terminator of a virus has an “I’ll be back” menace that risks undoing all the hard work of the UK’s stunning vaccine rollout.The epic battle between the vaccines and the virus certainly has high stakes. Perhaps that’s why Boris Johnson sounded unusually nervous as he announced he would indeed be postponing ‘Freedom Day’ by another four weeks. Instead of the sunshine of Midsummer Merrie England, there was a blizzard of scary charts of projected hospitalisations.Fluffing his lines, the PM referred to “the adults of this company” (he meant “country”) and then wrongly declared the new unlocking date was July 29th (correcting it later to July 19th). Polling shows most of the public are relaxed about a delay, but Johnson is acutely aware that the 24% who are unhappy include several of his own backbenchers, and it showed.Nowhere was this more telling than in his repeated reassurance that the Freedom Day Mk II was the real deal. He was “pretty confident” that July 19 will be “the terminus date” (he said “terminal date” too). June 21 was always a “‘not before’ date”, whereas this was much firmer, he suggested. This was not a defeat for lockdown sceptics, it was a victory, he seemed to imply.That spin may or may not work on Tory MPs, but it could paint the PM into a corner for the first time in months. Ever since he bowed to Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance’s plan for a cautious roadmap, he has been able to fall back on their insistence that all four tests have to be met (the new variant test was particularly shrewd) and that “data not dates” will drive his decisions.But now with talk of “terminal” and fixed timelines, it feels like dates not data is the new approach. Steve Baker, Mark Harper and Sir Charles Walker, who will probably vote against the delay, have much more concrete evidence of a breach of faith should that July 19 date somehow slip again.Whitty and Vallance gave the PM invaluable backing at the press conference. The chief medical officer in particular pointed out that even without the Indian variant, the very restoration of unrestricted indoor mixing of “households that are unrelated” was always going to lead to an uptick in cases. He added there had to come a point where fatalities switched from “deaths averted” to deaths delayed”, as with flu.Patrick Vallance even suggested that locking down beyond July 19 would be counter-productive. And he made the case for that date containing the Goldilocks calculation of just how hot or cold to make the roadmap porridge. Giving over-18s their first jab and pushing unlockdown closer to the school holidays certainly added some sugar, as did a lifting of the cap on wedding numbers.Still, for Keir Starmer, the talk of 19 July as a “terminal” date is an opportunity for a Judgement Day on Johnson’s competence. If the vaccination programme fails to flatten the Delta variant spike, he is sure to step up his own attack line that Johnson’s failure to stop flights from India is the real culprit. Already today, the Labour leader hardened his rhetoric to say it was a “pathetic” border policy that had postponed freedoms.Starmer’s clear aim is to drive a big wedge between the excellence of the NHS vaccine rollout and the government’s wider failures. It’s unclear whether it was the PM’s desire to keep alive post-Brexit trade talks with Narendra Modi that prompted his inaction, but the suggestion that he recklessly undermined both the NHS’s programme and public sacrifices is a toxic one.Today’s failure to offer extra financial support to business added extra political risk too. Those firms which were hanging on by their fingertips will now face having to pay their share of furlough bills, with no extra income to fund them. Add in the self-employed already upset and an Opposition that was pro-enterprise could make inroads.To oversee one Covid wave is a misfortune, to allow two begins to look like carelessness. But to trigger a third wave, squandering all the good work of your own vaccine success story, could be seen as unforgivable by a public which has to date been incredibly forgiving of its prime minister.Related...Lockdown Extended For Four Weeks To Prevent 'Thousands' Of DeathsWhat The Lockdown Extension Means For YouAll Over-18s In England Offered Covid Vaccine By July 19, Says Government
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No time to enjoy Croatia win for England as focus turns to Scotland showdown
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Kane "not the same as 2018 World Cup" as Carragher suggests England change
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JULIE BURCHILL reveals why she won't be silenced 
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Spain vs Sweden: Five things we learned as Luis Enrique’s side open Euro 2020 with frustrating goalless draw
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Speaker warns Johnson over failure to attend Commons to announce road map delay
Health Secretary Matt Hancock made a statement to the Commons at 8.30pm to confirm the decision to push back the final unlock from June 21 to July 19.
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Southgate praises Chilwell and Sancho for positivity despite Croatia omission
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Pickford and Stones' argument leaves Southgate making clear England's position
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Southgate explains controversial decision with "defensive animal" declaration
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Gareth Southgate makes clear where England stand despite bright Euro 2020 start
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PM’s ‘negligence’ and ‘lax’ borders to blame for lockdown lifting delay – Labour
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RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Now Boris Johnson has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory
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Men who helped Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan admit their role
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UK records three Covid deaths and 7,742 cases as Freedom Day delayed
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Boris Johnson has made the right call in delaying ‘freedom day’
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Spain vs Sweden result: Player ratings as Alvaro Morata struggles in Euro 2020’s first goalless draw
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Earl Spencer savages BBC after bosses cleared for rehiring Bashir - 'Won't end with this'
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People who know Biden say he’s glad to see the back of Netanyahu
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Spain vs Sweden result: Alvaro Morata misfires as Luis Enrique’s new-look side frustrated in Euro 2020 opener
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Southern Baptists quash expanded sex abuse probe, for now
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HENRY DEEDES watches the Prime Minister slamming the brakes on Freedom Day
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Christa Pike: Lawyers for only woman on Tennessee’s death row fight to stop execution
The 45-year-old was convicted at the age of 20 for the brutal torture and murder of a classmate
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Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer
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Shamima Begum says she was a 'dumb kid' when she fled to Syria aged 15
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What the experts do to stave off dementia
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Katie Price shares video of man in blackface mocking her and son Harvey
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Third dose of COVID vaccine is more effective in organ transplant recipients than first two doses 
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Dani Olmo stands out as Spain’s spark despite frustrating draw - Euro 2020 scouting report
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Council's law chief demands Tories take down the Union Jacks they decorated their office with
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POLL: Was Boris Johnson right to delay the end of lockdown measures until July 19? VOTE
BORIS JOHNSON has risked immense backlash by delaying the lifting of the final set of lockdown restrictions by four weeks. Do you think he was right to heed the scientists' warnings or should he have boldly went ahead with his original plan? Vote below.
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Millions told to stay local as surge testing rolled out in six new areas
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Trump furious at Republican candidates faking his endorsement, report claims
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Galloway makes Jeremy Corbyn confession as he demands ‘kick Starmer out and start again’
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