Shallow Waves

Stuff that matters

Queen of showbiz

THERE is a reason why Barbara Windsor had a special place in the nation’s hearts.

Not just her infectious giggle, her wonderful sense of fun or the way she lit up a room.

Nor was it just about her acting skills, brilliant though they were.

Whether she was camping it up in the Carry On films or ruling the roost in the Queen Vic, she made the parts she played her own.

She was also loved because she had real class, which she showed in her fight against Alzheimer’s and how she campaigned so selflessly for better care for others with dementia.

And she showed it in the way she treated everyone, from royalty to road sweepers.

Dame Barbara was the unofficial queen of showbiz and with her passing a cheeky bit of joy has gone from our lives.

There could be no better tribute to her than giving dementia care the funding it needs.

It’s Keir’s year

TODAY marks a year since the general election and only one party can look back at the last 12 months with pride.

Under Keir Starmer the fortunes of Labour have been turned around and they are once again looking like a government in waiting.

By contrast, Boris Johnson has shown the difference between being good at campaigning and good at governing.

His first year has been a history of U-turns, missed opportunities and incompetence.

The UK has suffered one of the highest death tolls from Covid and the deepest recession.

Key election promises, such as the reform of social care, have been allowed to gather dust.

Child poverty is on the rise, unemployment is increasing and growth has stalled.

No amount of bluster by the Prime Minister can disguise how poorly he has performed.

Get-out Claus

SHOPPERS have been warned they need to order online gifts today to avoid “delay dismay” this Christmas.

But don’t worry, Santa will not be held up by Covid – his reindeer have herd immunity.