I WRITE in response to Mr Walsh's letter (Craven Herald letters, April 8) concerning my earlier letter. Yes, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson may be able to claim a small amount of credit for the speed of the Covid vaccine roll out - the one thing he has demonstrated some degree of competence in achieving since gaining office.

Just how much was through his efforts, though, is questionable. I would be more inclined to give credit to the pharmaceutical companies involved (who were on the ball long before the PM) in developing the vaccines; and to the NHS staff for their dedication in organising and administering the doses.

Consider what might have been achieved had the pharmaceutical companies been in receipt of the £37 billion negligently handed out to test and trace, instead of the £88 million Mr Walsh claims they were awarded!

If Mr Johnson is to take credit for the vaccine roll out, he should also accept responsibility for the disproportionate amount of deaths the UK has suffered - 127,000 at the time of writing.

As to my preference of whom I would put my trust in running the country! A friendly chimpanzee, spitting nuts at a list to determine policy, could hardly set the country on a more disastrous course than has Prime Minister Mr Johnson and his reckless, inept cabinet of "yes men and women". Ask the fishermen, independent cheesemakers, small businesses et al, or look to Northern Ireland to see the result of the PM's recklessness and broken promises!

It is the worst of times with the worst possible Government.

Everyone accepts that dealing with the Covid virus is difficult and would be a challenge to any political party.

Transparency and honesty, though, would not go amiss and would offer up clues as to where the £37 billion of taxpayer's money ended up.

Perhaps the Tories former leader, David Cameron, could provide answers? What are the Tories hiding? It is time that Keir Starmer, as leader of the opposition, got a grip and put pressure on the Government and squeezed some answers out of Mr Johnson and his lap-dog sycophants.

Philip Dent