I wasn’t expecting to be back in Washington DC so soon. Travel restrictions and visas permitting I hoped to be here in time for the Inauguration on 20 January. The Trumpist insurrection on Capitol Hill changed all that.

Instead, the bus from Dulles airport had to break the curfew imposed by the Mayor on Thursday, slinking into town after dark past flashing blue lights and truckers belatedly bringing in heavy barricades.

Around last year’s election I wrote here about the mood in the Nation’s Capital. Defensive and sullen for fear that Trump might be re-elected, switching to impromptu street parties when it was finally “called for” Biden.