As I write this, I never thought I would be so pleased to see the back of a year as I am 2020.
We are working more from home and, sorry to say, for longer periods of time.
We saw the Prime Minister announce in October the new three-tier system, under which every area of the country will be classified as ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ risk during the continuing COVID-19 crisis.
As I predicted, test and trace has become a joke in many parts of the country.
We finally saw the Government’s planning reforms, sneaked out at midnight on a Wednesday, just before the start of the summer holidays.
The Prime Minster has demanded that we “build, build, build” our way out of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.
The ill-thought out relaxation of lockdown, the Dominic Cummings debacle, and poorly considered last-minute announcements have contributed to an increase in the ‘R’ rate in my neck of the woods and in the South West.
The Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis will, quite rightly, be judged by the historians and will focus on the human cost of the pandemic.
As someone who has just come out of hospital, I know how hard our NHS staff work.