Trust PM deal
NO ONE is pretending that Rishi Sunak’s Windsor Framework is entirely perfect.
Or that it provides all the answers to the unique set of questions posed by Northern Ireland’s complex politics.
And he has devised an agreement which is vastly better than the Protocol it replaces.
Trade across the border with Ireland will be speeded up and red tape slashed.
The PM’s deal allows the possibility of progress being made in Stormont.
Crucially, Britain can benefit from what is fast-becoming a less fractious relationship with the EU.
Rishi’s smooth handling, coupled with tough action on illegal migrants, is finally now boosting Tory poll fortunes.
It is hardly surprising, however, that several rebel Brexiteers from the ERG group will join the DUP in voting against the Framework tomorrow.
They will go to their graves dreaming of the ultimate pure Brexit.
The reality is that the utopian vision which drove them to help achieve our exit cannot be delivered.
Margaret Thatcher’s greatest gift was to understand when to stick rigidly to principles and when to compromise.
The time for the latter is now.
Back to basics
PITY the hard-working rank and file police officers battling every day to keep our streets safe.
The vast majority presumably went into the job to catch criminals.
But in recent years they’ve too often found themselves sacrificed not on the front line of crime but on the altar of wokery.
To top brass at the Met, a photo-opportunity of ordinary coppers waving rainbow flags has meant more than clearing up local burglary rates.
And while relentlessly pursuing their PC agenda, senior officers have utterly failed to tackle the vile corruption and rampant sexism of some officers that now blights the force’s reputation.
That members of the Diplomatic Protection squad — safe haven of killer Wayne Couzens and rapist David Carrick — were caught swapping hardcore porn at work as long ago as 2014 shows how long rogue police have been operating unchecked.
Met chief Sir Mark Rowley may have a daunting task to turn around such an appalling mess.
Letting cops get back to basics would be a start.
Handle of God?
THE return of the Ford Capri is a seismic moment in motoring.
But we have one question.
Will the new electric model – as Del Boy infamously said of his own 1980s Capri Ghia – still handle like Maradona?