Let’s start with what I got wrong.
I said we would party like its 1999! I was right in some ways but not others, almost everyone who likes a drink went to the pub if they could, even if that meant sitting in a windy tent in a car park! So, since Freedom Day, pubs, restaurant and bar takings have been up, but now staff shortages and uncertainty over the rules are causing havoc.
I was completely wrong when I said we would get an extra “NHS” Bank Holiday in August and that street parties would be held up and down the land to celebrate Freedom Day. During 2021, the Pandemic slowly ground on, without the sudden feeling of release.
Overseas holidays didn’t boom as I had predicted, mainly due to travel uncertainty and the ridiculous costs of the testing regime. Random red lists and misinformation kept overseas holiday numbers down. Cue incredibly popular, incredibly expensive, UK holidays.
I predicted mask wearing would become mainstream, there has been a bit of a backlash and some confusing advice, but as I write, we’re back to compulsory wearing in many places!