The Cabinet is back but civil servants are still nowhere to be seen – we need all hands on deck

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BUREAUCRATIC backlogs caused by lockdown have ground this country to a halt.

Thousands of elderly motorists are isolated at home because of mayhem at the DVLA.

More than 150,000 babies are thought to lack legal status because parents couldn’t register their births.

And hotly anticipated family holidays have had to be cancelled because of worries over passport delays.

Yesterday, Boris Johnson and his cabinet met in person for the first time in months to set an example that it’s safe to go back to work. But civil servants are still nowhere to be seen.

They need to get all hands back on deck and be thankful that, unlike countless others, they still have jobs to go back to.

Time for action

PUBS and restaurants might be open again, but their problems are far from over.

As head of the National Time Out campaign Jonathan Downey explains, hundreds of small businesses are closing their doors for the last time just as punters cautiously start to return.

Why? Because despite being forbidden from making money during lockdown, publicans and bar owners are now expected to cough up their rental payments — ­in full — to their landlords.

We know there’s no quick fix. And Chancellor Rishi Sunak has already been incredibly generous to the hospitality industry.

But pub, restaurant and cafe owners are the beating heart of this country.

They provide work for thousands and keep millions more cheerful.

If they put their heads together, surely banks, landlords and the Government can find a way to give these powerhouse employers a break while they get back on their feet.

Real danger

A DAMNING report makes it crystal clear that Russia is a real, hostile and active threat to Britain and its interests.

The long-awaited document stretches to 50-odd pages, but the bottom line is this: The UK underestimated the threat from the Kremlin, and is still playing catch-up.

From now on, our Government must be twice as vigilant in defending Brits from both shameless cyber attacks and insidious influence campaigns.

A rogue state which murders Brits on British soil has no place in this country.

Lucky break

NEWS that eight in ten of us plan to holiday in the UK this year is music to our ears.

It looks likely the estimated £24billion boost for the economy will be injected straight into rural areas and coastal towns — the places that need it most.

Fingers crossed the lovely weather holds!

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