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The prime minister famously pledged to save Christmas last year by relaxing Covid rules for five days, only to scupper the country’s plans just before December 25 due to a spike in Covid infections.
Downing Street made a sudden U-turn on December 19, and Johnson told the public: “It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot proceed with Christmas as planned.”
London and much of south-east England was put into tier four, meaning people could only mix with their own households and support bubbles, and no-one could travel.
Other parts of England were put in tiers one to three and asked to stay local. Only three households could come together for Christmas.
In Wales, only two households could unite for Christmas Day while in Scotland it was three households up to a maximum of eight people.
Johnson’s last minute U-turn did not impress many, considering Covid infections had been rising steadily for weeks.
It’s safe to say it was not the Christmas most people had in mind – and judging from the response on Twitter, few are looking for a repeat performance from the prime minister this year.
People were quick to compare the newspaper front pages of this year to those from November last year, when the public were told “Boris battles experts to save Christmas”.
Journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera tweeted: ”Boris battling to save Xmas seems to start earlier every year.”
Another Twitter critic joked: “Boris battles to save Christmas 2.....the sequel no one wanted. But a large chunk of the electorate would probably vote for.”
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/E3AWilv4fH
— Will Jennings (@drjennings) September 28, 2021
I don't recall a single other PM ever having to 'save' Christmas. What a complete shambles this government is.
— Mary O'Hara (@maryohara1) September 28, 2021
Boris battling to save Xmas seems to start earlier every year https://t.co/yGtY5GJusC
— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) September 28, 2021
If you want a picture of the future - imagine Boris trying and failing to save Christmas - forever.
— Sam Freedman (@Samfr) September 28, 2021
Good old Boris, always fighting whoever the leader of the country is who keeps fucking stuff up. I hope he gets to the bottom of who it is that is in charge. https://t.co/lOHXEVt5h6
— Robin Ince 💙 (@robinince) September 28, 2021
The battle to save Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier each year.
— Carl Maxim (@carlmaxim) September 28, 2021
Boris battles to save Christmas 2.....the sequel no one wanted. But a large chunk of the electorate would probably vote for https://t.co/qgJBcwYyov
— 2 for flinching (@2_4_Flinching) September 29, 2021
Spends a lot of time trying to save Christmas doesn’t he? Like a shit John McClane
— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) September 28, 2021
Starting a bit early so he can really f it up this time
— Lucie (@miss_spent) September 28, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.