The end of horrible-terrible-awful 2020 is fast approaching, making it a good time to pick winners. And the leading candidate in the "stupidest news story of the year" category appears to be Boris Johnson's fight against the coronavirus strain VUI-202012/01, which we'll call Vui for short. The list of candidates is by no means short; 2020 has been a banner year for absurdities of every kind. Just when you think that it shouldn't be possible to think of something even more absurd, somebody goes ahead and does just that. If in the spring of this year it appeared that the Brits battled the coronavirus in the style of Benny Hill, their moves in combating Vui scaled the heroic heights of Monty Python.
And so, then, what do we have?