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If there's a post-Christmas Covid spike, can Boris Johnson really hope to avoid blame? | Gaby Hinsliff

The prime minister’s bungled advice has set up a fascinating experiment on personal responsibility. If only we didn’t have to live in it * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Tis the season for furtive exchanges of carrier bags in car parks. Well, it is in this family anyway. Last week brought a seven-hour round trip by car for a socially distanced Christmas yomp through the Peak District mud with my elderly parents, followed by a faintly melancholy swapping of sacks of presents from car boot to car boot. It wasn’t really the Christmas get-together of anyone’s dreams. But the normal clan gathering over turkey no longer seems worth the risk; not with one octogenarian, four grandchildren at schools that have all had Covid-19 cases, and assorted working adults with varying degrees of possible exposure to the virus. Continue reading...

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