Extraordinary. I’m quite dumbstruck by that,” is how Meg Hillier, chair of the House of Commons committee investigating Britain’s Covid-19 preparations, described the revelation that no planning was done for the enormous economic upheaval that’s now with us.

I’d argue that Hillier was speaking for the nation, except that her words may represent something of an understatement.

They knew something like this was coming. The warnings were all there. The lights were flashing in bright blue and red while the sirens wailed. They just didn’t know when.