what 2020 holds in store

Last year at this time I felt obliged to suspend my usual custom of devoting the first column of the new year to negative predictions – things that would not happen in the following 12 months. The state of the country and our political institutions being so uncharacteristically quixotic and irrational, it seemed inconceivable to rule anything out. There could be no safe non-predictions.

What I should have done, in retrospect, is foretold the obvious outcome: that this bizarre interlude would not last – the stability and maturity of the British electorate would win through and national life would once again become its recognisable self. And so here we are.

At least until last Friday when we woke…

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