Sunak worried country with 9,000 dying per week putting too much emphasis on the science

THE chancellor is concerned that Britain, where 9,000 lives are lost to Covid each week, is foolishly delaying economic recovery by concentrating on the virus. 

Rishi Sunak worries that scientists are ‘moving the goalposts’ to try and cut infections, hospitalisations and deaths from their sky-high level and are losing focus on reopening shops. 

He said: “All of a sudden, scientists are switching from ‘protect the NHS’ to ‘making Britain Covid-free’. What’s that about? 

“Since when was that a realistic goal? What’s wrong with reducing the R-number to below one then opening schools, shops, pubs and Nando’s like we did last time? If it ain’t broke, etcetera? 

“The trouble is they’re so bound up in their numbers – mutations, infections, number of deaths per day – that they forget about what’s important like deficits, borrowing, and plunging GDP. 

“We’re doing vaccines now, it’s all fine, this whole South African strain thing’s not a game-changer like Whitty says. He just likes being on the telly.” 

Sunak added: “I’m going to do Eat Out to Help Out again, but for booze. Once these scientists and their pedantic death counts get out of my way.”

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Six things that used to be piss-easy but now you're middle aged

HAVE you noticed that certain things are a lot more difficult now you’re past the age of 40? Here are some common problems and how to beat them.

Cutting your toenails

Middle age spread and a lack of exercise for decades turns this once-simple task into a humiliating physical challenge. Either get in shape or let your toenails grow a few inches then lop them off with your long-handled lawn shears.

Going to gigs 

You used to go to loads of gigs. Getting pissed while listening to music isn’t difficult, and you actually thought it was important to have seen Lush live. But now being invited to a gig fills you with terror, as if you’d been ordered to walk across a minefield, not get a bus to Camden. Best to make up a lame excuse for not going. The middle aged friend who suggested it will be secretly relieved too.  


As a teen did you pile into friends’ cars for late-night, spliff-fuelled, spur-of-the-moment trips to the beach or up a mountain? Recreate this in middle age by deciding to go to Sainsbury’s at 10.45pm and buying a flavour of yoghurt you haven’t had before.

Buying drugs 

You could always get drugs without too much hassle, but your social circle has shrunk. Asking local teenagers to get you weed is dodgy, as is befriending a serious dealer when you discover he keeps A F**KING MACHETE IN HIS CAR. Instead just reminisce about drugs and enjoy the buzz of sounding cool without chemically induced paranoia, palpitations, talking bollocks, etc. 


You used to be mad keen on sexual intercourse. You’re still fairly into it but it’s competing with being comfy on the sofa and eating chocolate biscuits. Keep your relationship exciting by buying a new sofa regularly and always having plenty of posh chocolate biscuits.

Kicking a football

You’ve forgotten how to, so avoid spaces where a stray football may come your way, such as parks, schools and streets with children in. This will severely limit your personal freedom and feel like you’ve been given an ASBO, but it’s worth it to avoid mishitting the ball like a wanker.