当保守党互相争斗时,工党袖手旁观 – 比赛现在必须结束

Zombie battle

THE decision to hold an interminable series of regional hustings to choose our new Prime Minister has proved extraordinarily ill-judged.

While mostly the same questions and answers are trotted out at each event, a needless indulgence in the internet and TV age, the cost-of-living crisis spirals to terrifying new levels by the day.

In an ideal world, this zombie contest would end now

In an ideal world, this zombie contest would end now信用: 盖蒂

All the drawn-out Tory leadership battle has done is encourage 丽兹桁架里希·苏纳克 to tear chunks out of one another while Labour’s Keir Starmer sits back and watches.

英国广播公司 and the Government’s enemies have loved every second, knowing the contest is storing up soundbites that will come back to haunt the Tories in months and years to come.

It’s also going to make it harder for the winner to unify the party, though given the stakes could hardly be higher for the country, it is vital they find a way.

In an ideal world, this zombie contest would end now, MPs would be summoned from their sun loungers and 议会 would get back to work early.

Failing that, we pray Cabinet Office minister 套件麦芽屋 is right in claiming Government has been put on a war footing to allow the new PM to act swiftly to save households from the economic avalanche.

Busted flush

GLASS half-full types may have looked at the airline chaos, financial squeeze and baking temperatures this summer and seen a perfect opportunity to reacquaint themselves with Britain’s coastal resorts.

Lady Luck, 然而, appears to be holidaying elsewhere, with millions of staycationing Brits now being warned off swimming in the sea at 50 beaches because of hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage being dumped.

Brits have been warned off of swimming in the sea

Brits have been warned off of swimming in the sea信用: 阿拉米

Treatment plants’ failure to process the sewage, which triggered the overflows, was blamed on heavy rainfall this week.

That rare outbreak of rain came, 当然, on the back of weeks of a record heatwave that triggered droughts and saw half the country turned into a dustbowl and slapped with hosepipe bans.

So we’d like to ask a question of Ofwat, the blasé regulator which sets scandalously low bars for firms not only on sewage but also on wasted water:

Just what types of 天气 IS our leaking, creaking water network geared up for?

Deadly streets

“UNCLE Tom” O’Halloran was 87 and on a mobility scooter but was still trying to help those less fortunate by busking with his accordion to raise funds for Ukraine.

And yet his life was snuffed out in broad daylight by a coward with a 警察收费, perhaps in a botched mugging attempt.

The unprovoked attack on Mr O’Halloran was the sixth murder in London in just four days

The unprovoked attack on Mr O’Halloran was the sixth murder in London in just four days信用: 法新社

Disturbingly the unprovoked attack on Mr O’Halloran was the sixth murder on London’s streets in just four days.

In many ways, it is the most senseless.