I have mentioned before, I think, that Harold Macmillan, U.K. prime minister in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when asked about the biggest hindrance to good government, responded “events”.
Well “events” are upon us now, wholesale, and on Thursday, England disappears into a further period of lockdown until 2 December. We had planned to return to Wengen during that time and rather than sit at home in London, doing not very much at all for a second period of this troubled year, we brought our trip forward and flew into Zurich this morning. We are now ensconced above the Lauterbrunnen valley.
From Wengen this afternoon
Is a further lockdown the right course of action? You have to hope that the government is better informed than the general public, and that there is a plan, but it does seem to be a case of kicking the can down the road a little further. At some point, if the miracle of an effective vaccine does not occur, our current prime minister will have to decide whether he wants to be Winston Churchill or Eric Honecker.