The moment had to come – Boris Johnson took back control at tonight’s press briefing. Take all the media speculation about when and how the government is going to take us out of lockdown, said the Prime Minister, “with a pinch of salt.” 

Oh dear. Friday night drops and midnight briefings from ministers – probably directly from No 10 itself – are not to be believed anymore. Did anybody believe them anyway? Perish the thought.

But now we have the words from the horse’s mouth – the PM will provide his own compass for his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday week. Anything you hear or read until then must be taken with lashings of salt but it does sound like it’s going to be a long road out.