Pexactly seven weeks ago, writes Michael Deacon, I warned the nation that this year we have to celebrate Christmas earlier: October 25, instead of December 25. At the time, the Covid figures were low. But, as I explained, if we left it too late, something had to happen and ruin things.

And now watch. This “something”, it seems, may well have happened, in the form of the omicron variant. But did the Prime Minister listen to me? No he didn’t. He recklessly ignored my advice to bring Christmas forward. Shockingly, in fact, he gave no indication that he had actually read my column.

Still, maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since his dismissal of Dominic Cummings, it is clear that the Prime Minister has neither the courage nor the vision to follow the advice of pioneering intellectuals who dare to think the unthinkable and urge him to abandon the old and outdated way of doing things. things. When he finally leaves Downing Street, I suspect his failure to heed my advice will be his deepest source of regret.

But whatever. We are where we are. And, while Christmas may be in danger, I think we should look on the bright side. After all, things could be worse. We could be in the EU.

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