Boris Johnson’s bleak televised speech setting out months of coronavirus restrictions dominates Wednesday’s front pages, with quotes aplenty and varying degrees of optimism.

The Daily Mail reflects the full force of the prime minister’s speech: “Boris give UK both barrels”. It focuses on his criticism of those breaching the rules and the main image nods to his mention of using the army to support the police.

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Wednesday’s @DailyMailUK #MailFrontPages pic.twitter.com/17bcfim5EY


September 22, 2020

The Guardian raises the prospect of a second lockdown if the new restrictions are not followed. It notes Johnson suggests “freedom-loving” Britons will be to blame if more draconian restrictions are applied.

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Guardian front page, Wednesday 23 September 2020: Follow new restrictions or risk a second lockdown, Johnson warns pic.twitter.com/rM2LvmXbfU


September 22, 2020

The Mirror paints the crisis in terms of a gamble by the PM, with the headline: “Boris in last chance saloon”. It reports he is banking on early closing times for pubs to avoid a second big lockdown.

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Tomorrow’s front page: Boris in last chance saloon #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/IbxL79Sio6 pic.twitter.com/p88t8vsUyk


September 22, 2020

Metro goes with a hint of humour, opting for a simple “Rule of 6 months”, and reminding readers it is shaping up to be a grim Christmas.

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Wednesday’s front page:
RULE OF 6 MONTHS#tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers #skypapers pic.twitter.com/iXwks2e7zZ


September 22, 2020

The Times picks a quote from Johnson’s Churchillian speech in perhaps the most upbeat front page. “A struggle humanity will win,” it quotes him as saying, noting the prime minister’s u-turn on getting workers back into the office.

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Wednesday’s TIMES: “ ‘A struggle humanity will win’ “ #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/5SfndCmtGL


September 22, 2020

The Telegraph also goes for gravitas and picks a quote warning the fight against Covid is not yet over. It also notes the PM signalling the possible use of the army and the prospect of restrictions until March next year.

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The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph:

‘There are difficult months to come. The fight against Covid is by no means over’#TomorrowsPapersToday #coronavirus https://t.co/j2MdrcrZ28 pic.twitter.com/n340ssGDZZ


September 22, 2020

The FT says “Johnson warns of ‘perilous’ time as curbs imposed for 6 months”, focusing on the business reaction and choosing a side image of Johnson in the Commons.

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Just published: front page of the Financial Times, London edition, for Wednesday 23 September 2020 pic.twitter.com/kaUVg6Nexs


September 22, 2020

The Daily Express goes with what might be construed as the PM’s gentle chiding of the nation during his “heartfelt” television appeal. It reports: “The country needs to summon “discipline, resolve and the spirit of togetherness” to save lives this winter. “Our destiny is in our own hands,” is the headline. It chooses an image of Johnson with not one but both fists clenched.

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Tomorrow’s front page: Our destiny is in our own hands#tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/PjHGGiNbCJ pic.twitter.com/seLkFEBks2


September 22, 2020

The i includes the full grandeur of the backdrop to Johnson’s speech but skips to the response to his words. The headline is: “PM told: new rules won’t cut infection rate.”

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Wednesday’s i – “PM told: new rules won’t cut infection rate” #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/rcOL7OvF9Z


September 22, 2020

In Scotland, the Edinburgh Evening News says simply: “Shutdown” in response to first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s speech on restrictions including a ban on household visits.

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Wednesday’s EDINBURGH NEWS: “Shutdown” #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/EEyJbCsBYj


September 22, 2020

The Scotsman carries a large image of Sturgeon alongside the latest tightening of restrictions. It also carries one of the more hopeful quotes from her speech: “Let’s keep going, try to keep smiling, keep hoping and keep looking out for each other.”

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Wednesday’s SCOTSMAN: “Home visits banned as lockdown tightens” #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/wEwmBmSvQx


September 22, 2020

Dundee’s Courier captures the mood for the months ahead with a poster front page and the headline: “Scotland braced for a long and lonely winter.”

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Wednesday’s COURIER: “Scotland braced for a long and lonely winter” #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/SFus3zV6Wv


September 22, 2020





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