ive animals are not valid masks, the authorities have been forced to remind us. A man in Manchester boarded a bus wearing a snake as a face covering – freaking out fellow passengers who watched the reptile slither away from his mouth and onto the hand rails. Speaking of slimy, slippery customers, Boris Johnson has struck a compromise deal with rebel Tories. Our serpentine prime minister hopes he has convinced them to back down by giving parliament a vote on future overrides to the Brexit divorce deal. But Johnson has given MPs crucial votes before – and always seems to find a way to wriggle out of his responsibilities.
Inside the bubble
Our political editor Andrew Woodcock on what to look out for today: