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Britain is bouncing back but the effect of lockdown will be felt for months, if not years

NEWS that Britain is bouncing back to normality is music to our ears.

Last month, behavioural scientists worried that nervous Brits might let the economy tank rather than come out of hibernation.

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But they underestimated our resilience: High streets up and down the country are bustling once again . . . and ever-dependable White Van Man is back out on the road.

We caution, though, against getting lulled into a false sense of security.

New ONS data reveals that a whopping 12 per cent of employees are STILL on furlough, proving the extent to which the job retention scheme continues to prop up the economy.

As the scheme tapers off, it’s inevitable that thousands of hardworking and blameless employees will be let go.

We’re concerned too about the future of offices — and the cleaners, shop owners and transport workers who depend on their survival for work.

On the Continent, the vast majority of city workers are back behind desks.

But in the UK, business districts are ghost towns as white collar employees find they like the work-from-home lifestyle.

It would be churlish not to celebrate today’s good news.

But celebration must be tempered with pragmatism: The scarring effects of lockdown will be felt for months, if not years, to come.

For a full recovery, we must all make a concerted effort to shore up the economy by going out to work, pubs and the shops.

JUSTICE Jeremy Baker, who sentenced Manchester Arena co-conspirator Hashem Abedi to a record 55 years behind bars, is a credit to our justice system.

Working with his brother, bomber Salman Abedi, the depraved criminal inflicted unimaginable suffering on innocent young victims and their families. And he did it in cold blood.

Long sentences for convicted terrorists will help eradicate jihadism in Britain.

The longer these servants of evil are locked up, the fewer opportunities they have to spread their deathly message.

But we must do more.

We must force social media giants to silence those who incite terror. We must give police power and resources to monitor suspects. And we must stop terrorists who are abroad returning home.

Then, and only then, do we stand a chance of stamping out this poisonous ideology once and for all.

WE are delighted that Germany’s attempt to snatch billions of pounds of banking business from Brexit Britain has failed.

But it comes as no surprise: It was clear from the off that financial big-wigs wouldn’t dream of trading London for Frankfurt.

We hope anti-British doom-mongers who said otherwise are red-faced today.

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