Here we are, half way through September, with the number of Covid-19 cases rising, if still relatively modestly, and we have little reliable idea what the Prime Minister intends to do about the situation; which, in a sense, takes us into Boris’s confidence, for it is increasingly clear that neither does he.

Strategically, or at least rhetorically, he has spelled out his broad-brush agenda to “stop the surge, arrest the spike, stop the second hump of the dromedary, flatten the second hump”. Quite a bit of the country has the hump, with the government.