A Duty of Care is a casualty of war. Written by polymath, Lord Hennessy, it was conceived to help reshape Britain after Covid.

The final chapter, “The Road to 2045”, meticulously argued with typical Hennessy care, assumes the institutions he calls to the colours to correct the policy failings of the Covid episode will be set to swing into action. He is a big government, big picture guy to his roots. That road has been shelled to smithereens by Russian tanks rolling across the Ukraine border.