Stockpiling wasn’t the answer to lockdown woes in March and it isn’t now


Taking stock

STOCKPILING wasn’t the answer to our lockdown woes in March. And it isn’t now.

We understand people are worried about their families over Christmas.

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Shoppers crammed trolleys full today in the run up to Christmas
Huge queues were seen outside supermarkets across the country
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Shelves were left empty after Brits started stockpiling in March [/caption]

But bulk-buying — and encouraging others to do the same in the process — only creates the problems that everyone is so worried about in the first place.

Providing we all stick to what we already planned to buy, there is no danger of a Christmas food shortage.

The UK has a diverse and resilient supply chain.

As a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said yesterday: “There are the same number of shoppers out there as there were before any new announcement and we have enough stock to supply them all — even if more now come into our stores because online delivery slots are full.”

Yes, there’s a slim chance the border closure might lead to fewer lettuces and citrus fruits on shelves for a few days in 2021.

But this nation has survived much worse than a limited salad selection.

The bald truth is that stockpiling takes supplies away from someone who might need them more — and causes a massive headache for delivery drivers already jammed in Christmas traffic.

We urge everyone to play their part and buy only what they genuinely need this Christmas week.

Vaccy races

WHAT brilliant news that over 500,000 Brits have now received their first dose of the Covid vaccine.

Thanks to a combination of fast-moving regulators, an efficient health service and nimble policy-making (made possible by Brexit), the UK is on track to eliminate the virus months before other European countries.

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Over 500,000 Brits have now received their first dose of the Covid vaccine[/caption]

Of course, we mustn’t count our chickens too soon. And it’s concerning that some hospitals are throwing away vaccines in confusion over Government rules: any setback could cost lives.

But we are hopeful it is a teething problem that can soon be rectified.

We must all brace ourselves for a long, dark winter. But at long, long last the road to recovery looks clear.

Three cheers to the scientists, the lab technicians, the drivers, the nurses — and everyone getting these precious jabs to the people who so desperately need them.

Glad tidings

OUR hearts go out to the thousands of people in Tier 4 cut off from loved ones over the festive period.

But from dancing to light therapy, the article on this page is full of cheering ideas to help you keep the holiday spirit alive — no matter your situation.

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Our hearts go out to the thousands of people in Tier 4[/caption]

We know there’s no replacing a Christmas hug from gran — or a fourth helping of mum’s roasties — but you can still make it a day to remember.

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