UK’s handling of Covid makes Macron’s work look genius

Simon Heffer: UK’s handling of Covid makes Macron’s work look genius
Simon Heffer: UK’s handling of Covid makes Macron’s work look genius

Regular Connexion, Daily and Sunday Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer shares how the UK’s handling of Covid makes Macron’s work look like an act of genius.

The 14-day quarantine rule

Perhaps, by the time you read this, the British government (whose management of the Covid-19 crisis makes the Macron administration’s seem a continual act of genius) will have admitted the pointlessness of the 14-day quarantine rule imposed on travellers abroad, and consigned it to history. Readers regularly travelling to and from France won’t need me to remind them of the rule’s implications. To visit France for a fortnight one needs six weeks: a fortnight to isolate on arrival, a fortnight for the holiday, and a fortnight to isolate on return to the UK.

Even if retired and owning one’s own house this would be inconvenient; if one works for a living and stays in hotels or a rented house not only is the timespan impossible, but the question of how, where and at what financial cost one quarantines abroad also arises. No wonder Anglo-French tourism was ...

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