Terrible news. Adam Boulton doesn’t like pubs. Let me say, first of all, that this surprises me. Adam, one of the longest-serving luminaries of Sky News, looks like the sort of chap you would find in a bar arguing the toss about politics while signalling to the barman to bring him and his mate another two pints. But apparently I’m wrong.

Never mind. Each to his own. This weekend pubs in England are reopening following the long shutdown. Personally, I love pubs. I have always loved pubs. I started going as a teenager, and half a century on I’m still a fan.

The first pub I visited without my father was The Elk Inn, on the eastern outskirts of Belfast. I was there with my friend Alan. We were both 16. I ordered a pint of Guinness. The barman looked doubtful and turned to my friend.

“And what’ll you be after wantin’?”