In the headlines
Boris Johnson lacked the skills to deal with the pandemic effectively, one of his former top aides told the Covid inquiry this morning. Lee Cain said the then PM would often delay making key decisions and change his mind on the big issues. Dominic Cummings is giving evidence this afternoon. The World Health Organisation has warned of an imminent “public health catastrophe” in Gaza, as Israel’s ground invasion continues. Labour MP Andy McDonald has been suspended for using the phrase “between the river and the sea” – widely considered an implicit call for the destruction of Israel – at a pro-Palestinian rally. Celebrities have already set a high bar for Halloween costumes this year, says Variety. Top outfits so far include singer Chlöe Bailey’s Game of Thrones homage; Hailey Bieber aping Carmen Electra’s turn in Scary Movie; Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly as characters from Kill Bill; and Lizzo as the late Tina Turner.