My casework system has seen 400 plus new emails from residents and businesses entered onto it, for the most part each of which represents a new case.
We should make tariff reductions conditional on meeting standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection which are as good as our own.
The last word must lie with the voters, and their current answer, according to the polls, is: very well indeed.
Plus: Why China’s relationship with the rest of the world could change “for the better or worse after this”.
My own experience when I was a minister showed two institutions which really didn’t care very much what we thought: the Chinese government, and Google.
Ministers are walking the tightrope of trying to save both – which helps to put the words of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer yesterday in context.
Somewhere where you can belong not only to a friendship group or network of mutual interests, but also to a community, a place, a county and a country.
A deep reservoir of community and contribution, obscured in normal times, has been uncovered by our present situation.
Seventy-seven per cent of those polled back the lockdown; 90 per cent think the Prime Minister and his team are handling the crisis well.
What it comes down to is that many western countries, like the USA, are about to double their national debt in record time of two or three years.
Scandinavia contains the biggest differences in how the Coronavirus is being tackled, with Sweden and its neighbours taking very different approaches.
Plus: Treasury and Work & Pensions lessons. Greenlighters v the rest. Remembering Attlee’s surplus. And: the key question now is “how”, not “what”.
Two extreme versions of what happens next in Britain. Events are more likely to end up somewhere in the middle.
Plus: My video tour of my bookshelves and why I won’t indulge editors. Three times in the last few days I’ve said no to them.
The tax benefits of being self-employed should reflect genuine value added relative to normal employment.