2021-02-26 05:00:00 | Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. The Queen: People who refuse vaccine should think of others, rather than themselves

The Queen has said people who refuse the coronavirus vaccine “ought to think about other people rather than themselves”. 

In her first comments on the subject, Her Majesty said it was important that people were “protected” by the vaccine. Read the full story.

2. Rishi Sunak will call for ‘honesty’ about spending as he is warned against tax rises

Rishi Sunak will call for “honesty” about the need to eventually bring down wartime levels of spending in his Budget speech next week, as several Cabinet ministers – and David Cameron – warned him against tax rises.

The Chancellor will say that the vast government spending caused by the pandemic is unsustainable, even as he pledges to help the worst affected through the next few months. Read the full story.

3. ‘Aloof’ Civil Service needs private sector overhaul, says key adviser

The civil service needs to recruit more from outside of London to overhaul a perception the political system is “aloof, arrogant, remote”, the Prime Minister’s new deputy chief of staff has said.

Baroness Finn has also called for Whitehall to draft in more expertise from the private sector as part of a drive to boost commercial awareness and risk appetite at the heart of Government. Read the full story.

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4. Commuters should get used to fewer trains after pandemic, Network Rail boss suggests

Commuters should get used to fewer trains after the pandemic but can expect better reliability, the chairman of Network Rail has indicated.

Sir Peter Hendy said on Thursday that “too many trains on the track” does not improve the service, adding: “We’ve proved that.” Read the full story.

5. Mr Potato Head goes gender-neutral

With his luxuriant moustache, there was little doubt that Mr Potato Head was the head of the household.

But no more as Hasbro, the world’s third-largest toy manufacture, signalled that the traditional nuclear family should not be set in stone. Hasbro has decided that the Mr Potato Head brand will in future just be known as Potato Head. Read the full story.

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