I was left wondering where on earth Stenn, a trade finance provider, found so many wide-eyed optimists when its press release landed telling me that less than half the UK (46 per cent) and US (45 per cent) firms it polled predicted their countries would go into recession in 2020.

I’d be interested to see how the results would look after the latest set of Purchasing Managers Index data came out.

It showed that Covid-19 is hitting the UK economy with the force of a Mike Tyson haymaker, one of the ones he was capable of unleashing in his prime when he was arguably the most feared boxer the heavyweight division has ever seen.

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