DAN HODGES: If our New Normal is the state telling me who I can and can’t see, count me out

DAN HODGES: If our New Normal is the state telling me who I can and can’t see, count me out [LINK]

Who is your 11th friend? Last week it emerged Ministers are giving serious consideration to the creation of a ‘bubble’ of ten family members and acquaintances who we will be allowed to associate with as part of the slow easing of lockdown.

So think about it for a moment. Not of the ten lucky souls who will make the cut. But the 11th. The cousin. The work colleague. That slightly awkward and detached member of your social circle. Think about the conversation where you tell them: ‘Sorry, I’d love to see you. But I have to stay in my bubble, think of the NHS and save lives.’

This, apparently, is The New Normal. The landscape that awaits as we finally emerge, blinking, from the Covid darkness into the light.

‘We won’t just have this binary easing up of measures,’ Dominic Raab told the nation in one of his final acts as stand-in Prime Minister. ‘We’ll end up moving to a new normal. And we will need to make sure that we can proceed in a sure-footed way.’