“Write something optimistic for 2021,” suggests the editor.

Here in London, yours truly has been on a seasonal writing hiatus for reasons mainly to do with Christmas, but also for reasons not unrelated to the all but out-of-control pandemic sweeping the UK.

During that hiatus, the UK finally tore up its decades-old free trade deal with its European neighbours, trumpeting the new last-minute replacement arrangement as a great new era in free trade.

We are, we were told, having our cake and eating ...

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