Post-Covid, the environment is likely to be egalitarian and interventionist. For libertarian, small state Eurosceptics, this must come as a disappointment.
A Government that shows humility and honesty will retain the benefit of the doubt, but that runs counter to a ‘never apologise, never explain’ ethos.
Recognise that different conditions apply in different places. Advance where we can. Build up evidence when we need to. Less haste, more speed.
Some areas, people and businesses must be allowed to get back to normal quicker than others – however unjust that may seem.
I am beginning to worry that there may come a time when there will be a need for a more nuanced message – but the public won’t be willing to hear it.
Plus: let’s lift the Sunday trading laws – and my experience as a ten year old trying to buy a football from Peachey’s Newsagents on Woodbridge Road.
Plus: Treasury and Work & Pensions lessons. Greenlighters v the rest. Remembering Attlee’s surplus. And: the key question now is “how”, not “what”.
From the political perspective of the Government, there is a rather persuasive argument for ensuring the talks blow up. And the sooner the better.
But is a system of government whereby all power is concentrated in Downing Street likely to result in that power being well used?
A WTO exit at the end of 2020 is not the probable outcome – but the risk does look under-priced.
As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
Twelve months on from Thursday’s election, Johnson faces an unpalatable choice – and Cabinet resignations…
Economic competence has been the cornerstone of the Conservative appeal. Remove that cornerstone and the entire structure becomes fragile.