1987. Markets haven’t bled like this in more than 30 years. It’s all the more astonishing that it’s been caused by a nasty bug.

Yet the unfolding financial crisis is itself so unsurprising that it’s more perplexing that the response of British citizens has been to hoard toilet paper.

News of national quarantines in far off China, even Italy, seem a distant concern until you are struck with the immediate implication of running out of loo roll.

(Here in London, I was nearly ...

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