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Rejoice! No longer do we need to come up with wild excuses for our un-ironed clothes – a national shortage of ironing boards will save us the effort.

For weeks, Homebase has reported a shortage of boards across multiple stores. One Homebase manager said: “We have been told they are stuck on a ship in a port in the China seas.”

The dearth is affecting a number of UK retailers which have seen stock levels dwindle, as the product remains caught up in supply bottlenecks – leaving Britain at risk of becoming a creased nation.

Many homeware retailers have little to no availability, with John Lewis, B&M, Homebase and Argos all showing that they are out of stock of various models.

Zero-Covid lockdowns in China have snarled up ports and put pressure on supply chains, creating worldwide shortages in certain goods, most notably baby formula in the United States.

Until the wrinkles are ironed out, the nation will just have to make do.