THERE will be plenty of time for recriminations in the future as inquiries weigh the size of Britain’s death toll against the lives saved by the vaccine roll-out.

At this time, as we near the first – and hopefully, last – anniversary of lockdown, it is a time to remember those we have sadly lost to this terrible disease but also to mark how we have pulled through.

Our people and our communities have shown amazing flexibility, adaptability and resilience.

Perhaps also we have a new perspective on life. We understand who our real heroes are – not multi-million pound footballers but NHS nurses who get a one per cent pay rise; not the star of the Masked Singer but ordinary people like Captain Sir Tom Moore who do extraordinary things all around us in plain sight.

It doesn’t matter that we haven’t had a hair cut for months or are still wearing last year’s clothes: what matters is the time we are able to spend with our family and friends, even if it is just virtually, although a physical hug would be nice, too.

Economists expect that when we are let out of lockdown next month, there will be an orgy of pent-up spending, but hopefully this year will have taught us the things that we really need to value.