‘Covid tests should be for those who need and benefit from it’: Readers on the week’s biggest stories

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‘Blair does not deserve this award’

@Martin Selves:

“Tony Blair was successful because the Conservatives were so poor and he took over some parts of Tory progress like Northern Ireland when they were virtually done and successful. It was clear after the first Labour Government, Tony Blair was behaving in a disgraceful way and by the time of his third win, his Party knew it was a matter of time before he was removed.

“When he finally left No.10, he was hated by Labour and the country. He was rumbled, and his previous decisions, revealed as dreaded mistakes like immigration, for example. He was a failed politician, and to suggest he deserves this honour because of the first term is derisory. In that year he took the UK to war under false evidence.

“Mr Blair deserves his ridicule today and does not deserve this award simply because he was better than the Conservatives at persuasion.”

‘Tony Blair did many good things for the country’

@Andrew Smith:

“I fully agree with Mr Moore on this occasion. Tony Blair did many good things for the country and won three election victories and should have been rewarded with a knighthood a long time ago, especially as he declined the automatic offer of a peerage that all former PM’s get when they leave the Commons. 

“There were many of his policies that I didn’t support, but overall he left the UK in a far better state than he found it, despite (as with all PMs) being bombarded by multiple issues in a job that has evolved to become ridiculously complex for any one person to do in its current form. Many nations took part in the war against the murderous tyrant in Iraq and even if Mr Blair made some wrong decisions, that is what sometimes happens at the highest level when leaders are under multiple pressures.”

‘ I will defend Her Majesty’s right to appoint whomever she sees fit’

@Grant Mitchell:

“I don’t agree with much that Tony Blair did, and I could point to a number of critical errors. If it was up to me, he wouldn’t receive a knighthood. But I will defend Her Majesty’s right to appoint whomever she sees fit to the Order of the Garter, particularly if, as I suspect, it is as much about respecting the office he held as it is the individual.”

Time is running out to prove Brexit is not a historic failure

Ben Marlow, our Chief City Commentator, wrote this week that 2022 “is the year when reality should finally match all the hype” of Brexit, in order for it not to be declared as a historic failure. Telegraph readers countered Mr Marlow’s argument by explaining the benefits of Brexit and why they are yet to be completely fulfilled.

‘The greatest triumph of Brexit will always be the expression of democracy’

@Quincy Snodgrass:

“You seem to miss the main point of Brexit. The restoration of our sovereignty. That it might take some months or even some years to fully comprehend the benefits is no surprise, but meanwhile and above all, we are free from the EU puppet show they like to call a Parliament.

“The greatest triumph of Brexit will always be the expression of democracy that was delivered one day, some five years ago.”

‘Rather than boosting our trade, Brexit is holding it back’

@Terry Greig:

“The extent of economic damage from Brexit has been made clear by the Office for Budget Responsibility, which predicts that leaving the EU will reduce our long-term GDP by around 4 per cent, compared to a fall of around 1.5 per cent that will be caused by the pandemic.

“Rather than boosting our trade, Brexit is holding it back. Goods exports were down year on year in the third quarter of 2021 according to the Office for National Statistics, with both exports to the EU and non-EU destinations suffering.”

‘Remain voters have never bothered to understand the motivation’

@Neil McEvoy:

“Many Remain voters have never bothered to understand the motivation of many or most Leave voters, which was always plain enough; namely, accountable Government. The electorate can throw out one Government and replace it with another and it will actually mean something.

“We will not be a mere satrap of a supranational technocracy which is immune to public opinion. A few billion pounds here or there cannot tilt the scales.”

Dr Megan Rossi argues that taking care of ourselves with a varied, fibre-rich diet is key for improving our gut health. Telegraph readers joined Dr Rossi in discussing how we can change our diets to boost our health.

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