The Waugh Zone

Textbook by-election conditions, but the national picture is less clear
Dido Harding learned the hard way that Test and Trace was not enough
Blaming the health secretary would give Johnson a convenient alibi for his own failures
Sage modelling suggests even a delay to July 19 spells many more deaths than the worst flu outbreak
Moderates hope for a ‘clean sweep’. But Howard Beckett thinks he’s got the momentum.
Foreign hols looking unlikely but the real danger is how fast the Indian variant spreads at home
Forget Gavin Williamson, it’s the PM who is the real target of Collins’ broadside
Government feels in holiday mode, but the virus hasn’t taken a bank holiday break