Vincent Boland: Hope has turned into expectation: we will overcome this pandemic

The early days of the Covid-19 pandemic were dominated by loudmouths, incompetents and populists. Then the serious people took over

In the past few days, there are signs of a tentative but noticeable optimism in the air

A year ago this week, as the pandemic continued to spread its tentacles across the world and everything kept shutting down, this column asked whether the economic and social devastation about to be wreaked by Covid-19 would change capitalism, or perhaps destroy it.

At the time, the signs were ominous. By early April last year, hundreds of millions of workers had been laid off temporarily, economic activity had ground to a halt and industries such ...